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What are cells dead and gone when a decubitus ulcer is the result?

What are cells dead and gone when a decubitus ulcer is the result?

Decubitus Ulcer: The usual mechanism of forming a decubitus ulcer is from pressure. However it can also occur from friction by rubbing against something such as a bed sheet, cast, brace, etc., or from prolonged exposure to cold. Any area of tissue that lies just over a bone is much more likely to develop a decubitus ulcer. These areas include the spine, coccyx or tailbone, hips, heels, and elbows, to name a few. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Decubitus (Definition)

A decubitus ulcer is a pressure sore, caused by unrelieved pressure-induced ischemic tissue death. Decubiti are most commonly seen in areas of chronic pressure (heels, buttocks, thighs, and even the back of the head) in patients who are immobilized without being turned and repositioned. These are commonly elderly, comatose, or paralyzed individuals who cannot offload ...Read more


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What are the nursing interventions for a stage 4 decubitus ulcer?

What are the nursing interventions for a stage 4 decubitus ulcer?

More than nursing: Stage 4 pressure sores extend to muscle or bone and generally are past the point where they will heal with pressure avoidance or nursing measures--they usually need surgery. The problem, though, is not cured with an operation--it can easily recur. So, before operating, it is necessary to know the risk of recurrence. If it is very high, it is better not to try to definitively treat the sore. ...Read more

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What is a decubitus ulcer?

What is a decubitus ulcer?

Tissue Breakdown: A decubitus ulcer is the breakdown of tissue as a result of that tissue being under prolonged pressure, moisture or sheer force. They may also be referred to as "bed sores.". ...Read more

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What things increase risk of decubitus ulcer?

Many factors: The highest risk for developing decubitus ulcers is staying in the same position for long periods of time. Other illnesses, poor nutrition, and lack of mobility also increase the risk. ...Read more

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Why would one give a Foley catheter to someone with a decubitus ulcer?

It's not: It's usually not the decubitus ulcer that necessitates the foley, but the conditions that lead up to the ulcer formation, such as paralysis, debilitating disease and so on. ...Read more

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What is a bedsore (pressure sore, pressure ulcer, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer)?

What is a bedsore (pressure sore, pressure ulcer, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer)?

Skin wound over bone: It is an injury to skin and tissues underneath from prolonged continuous pressure on the skin. The heel, ankles, hips or buttocks are the areas most commonly affected because the skin covers the bone. Direct pressure to the skin over the bone will cause decreased blood supply and will initiate the bedsore process. ...Read more

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What are the different treatments for decubitus ulcer or pressure sore?

What are the different treatments for decubitus ulcer or pressure sore?

It depends: The best treatment is prevention by relieving pressure which can also help heal early ulcers. If there is significant necrotic tissue or the ulcer is quite large/deep, surgical debridement and closure may be performed. Infections and other problems which delay healing (tobacco, poor nutrition, diabetes)need to be controlled with appropriate treatments as well for best results. ...Read more

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What happens when there is a debridement of pressure ulcers or decubitus?

What happens when there is a debridement of pressure ulcers or decubitus?

Debridement: Debridement of a pressure sore consists of removing all dead tissue to help the wound heal. This is done with several instruments including scalpel. ...Read more

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Decubitus ulcers won't heal so who treats them?

Varies: In an extreme case, a plastic surgeon closes it using tissue from a nearby body area. It depends upon how deep and involved the wound is and the overall health of the patient. http://www.cosmeticsurgerytruth.com/blog/?p=12277 when surgery is not needed or recommended, a wound care doctor can see you at a wound care center over time to help you. ...Read more

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That put someone at risk of decubitus ulcers other than a cva?

That put someone at risk of decubitus ulcers other than a cva?

Decubitus: Decubitus ulcer is commonly seen in paraplegics and long bedridden patients becuase of the contonuous pressure and not moving . It affects the blood supply and cause necrosis of the area ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Wound Care (Definition)

Wound care is steps taken to ensure that a wound heals correctly. Steps may include dressing changes, application of topical antibiotics or ointments, proper offloading, infection control, and professional wound debridement when indicated. See your physician and have them advise you on treatment ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more