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Bed sore on bottom left. Without right treatment can it cause infection?

Bed sore on bottom left. Without right treatment can it cause infection?

What's the treatment: Unless the patient can hover in the air, the goal of treatment is to reduce pressure to the tissues. Even so, the patient should do all they can to keep the area that has the sore free from any pressure. Changing position every 2 hours minimizes the chance of developing a new tissue injury and helping this one heal. The treatment is to get the perssure off...Everything else follows. ...Read more

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Bed Sore (Definition)

A bed sore is an injury to the skin, and tissues beneath the skin, caused by pressure. They can range from a stage one pressure sore (tender, red and does not blanch) to stage four (an open wound extending down to the bone). Early stage pressure sores can respond to off-loading, while deep ulcers require debridement, dressing ...Read more


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Why does a bed sore develop?

Why does a bed sore develop?

Pressure Sore: Pressure or bed sores develop due to a reduced amount of blood flow to the effected body part over a long period of time. To help prevent them it is important to rotate or shift the body to evenly distribute pressure. If an ulcer develops or looks like it may develop it is very important to treat it seriously and have a wound care specialist recommend treatment/prevention options. ...Read more

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Why does a bed sore form?

Pressure: Bed sores form in people who do not move from a combination of the weight and decreased circulation to the area. Turning every 2 hours can decrease the risk of forming bed sores. Early bed sores, can be treated with padding, turning and creams. More developed bed sores may require surgery to close them.Prevention is still important after surgery. ...Read more

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What happens after a bed sore bursts?

High risk infection: This can result in very serious infection. Proper treatment needs to be started, avoiding further pressure on that site. If an infection set in, it could spread thru the bloodstream resulting in sepsis which could be deadly. ...Read more

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What are the different stages of bed sore development?

What are the different stages of bed sore development?

Stages Pressure Sore: There are six stages of pressure injury. I refer you to www.Npuap.Org. There are stages i to iv, unable to stage and deep tissue injury. The stages are not necessarily progressive especially with those wounds associated with deep tissue injury. ...Read more

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What can I do about a really bad bed sore ?

Relieve the pressure: The first step towards treating bedsore or any medical condition is the stop the cause. A bed sore results from pressure so get pressure off the sore by using a different position or pads/pillows. Protective ointments, good nutrition, no smoking and diabetes control also help. If you don't start healing or if there are signs of infection, seek medical/surgical treatment immediately. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to prevent a bed sore?

Multifactorial: Pressure ulcers are a result of pressure on the skin of a vulnerable person. Risk factors include age, immobility, incontinence, poor wound healing, dementia and poor nutrition. Focusing on managing the risk factors are beneficial for prevention, as once the pu is formed , it is more difficult to heal with possibilities of many complications. ...Read more

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What are some tell-tale signs that a bed sore is infected?

What are some tell-tale signs that a bed sore is infected?

Signs of healing: Red, hot, swollen and drainage (inflammation) are normal signs of healing and in fact, not bad but are integral to healing. If infected, the wound should not improve, the patient have fevers, chills, and other systemic signs of infection. Culture of the wound should never be with a swab on the surface but a simple tissue biopsy. Routine use of antibiotics is to be condemned due to the risks. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my bed sore is bleeding?

Considerations: The real question to ask is...Is the bed sore getting better? Are the dimensions decreasing, is the patient feeling better, is there less "non-healthy" tissue, is there more granulation tissue (new capillaries) ? Bleeding can occur even with great healing as new capillaries get formed and injured with dressing changes or simple movement. If the wound looks and measures better, all else is trivia. ...Read more

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How do you treat a 'bed sore' that is open and penetrating the muscle?

Be sore: This type of wound requires the expertise of a wound care team. Without knowing any further information, it is difficult to say exactly what is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Pressure Sores (Definition)

Pressure sores are skin conditions in which mechanical pressure has eroded away the skin. These sores are common in hospitalized ...Read more