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Pressure Sore Heal
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
Pressure ulcers: We know that patients who develop pressure ulcers are often 'at risk'. The skin is the largest organ of the body and sores can be a sign of organ failure in general for the patient. Also, a pressure ulcer can become very deep and affect deeper structures causing, for example, infection of the bone that will require extensive treatment. Rarely, patients develop serious, life-threatening infections. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ulcer fr. immobility: When someone sits or lies in the same position for hours at a time a breakdown of skin can happen, particularly over boney prominences like sacrum, ankle or heel. This is most often seen in paralyzed patients who have no feeling in extremities and are unable to turn themselves. Frequent repositioning, at least every 2 hours and pressure relief mattresses will help prevent ulcers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Frequent rinsing: Pressure sores are perfect areas for bacteria to colonize, inhibiting wound healing. With each dressing change, which should be at least twice a day, one should gently rinse off the wound base with either salt water or gentle soap and water, followed by application of silvadene to prevent infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Can someone have pressure sores and not be aware of it? Is it possible for an alert individual to develop a pressure sore and not realize it?
No pressure, no sore: Is the general rule. People with normal sensation and mobility never stay in one position for too long. Pressure over a bony prominence can cause skin injury in as little as two hours. That is why debilitated patients and those with spinal cord injuries are placed on pressure-relieving mattresses, turned and repositioned frequently and checked for the presence of early pressure sores frequently. ...Read more
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