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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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Dr. Arthur Balin
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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 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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Are there natural remedies for decubitus ulcers/pressure sores?

Are there natural remedies for decubitus ulcers/pressure sores?

Quit smoking or live: With it- includes 2d hand smoke. High protein diet. Relieve pressure: arm pushups every 15 min if you can do them while in wheel chair. Must have class ii bed ( low air loss ) indefinitely whether at home or in hosp. Must have roho or equivalent seat for wheelchair. Keep clean & hemoglobin >10.5 surgeon or tech must excise any gangrenous tissue and apply wound vac & or plastic surgical flap. ...Read more

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What is involved in debridement of pressure ulcers, decubitus?

What is involved in debridement of pressure ulcers, decubitus?

A cleanout and...: Often pressure sores are bottle shaped, with a small skin opening overlying a larger cavity that may extend to an underlying pressure point. This causes dead tissue to build up in the cavity, which is an excellent growing medium for bacteria. Debridement is removal of dead tissue and debris and enlargement of the skin opening: this allows easier cleaning and/or flap closure when the wound is clean. ...Read more

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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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Flamazine creams are used for burns, leg ulcers and pressure sores but would it still work for my ears?

Flamazine creams are used for burns, leg ulcers and pressure sores but would it still work for my ears?

Perhaps.: Flamazine is a brand name for silver sulfadiazene. It is used for burns, but can be used for other wounds. It is not recommended for the face. ...Read more

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Decubitus ulcers won't heal so who treats them?

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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What things increase risk of decubitus ulcer?

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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Decubitus ulcers. What is happening to the skin in the body?

Decubitus ulcers. What is happening to the skin in the body?

Decibitus ulcers: The terms decubitus ulcer and pressure sore often are used interchangeably in the medical community. Decubitis ulcers occur in many positions, such as prolonged sitting (eg, the commonly encountered ischial tuberosity ulcer). Because the common denominator of all such ulcerations is pressure. ...Read more

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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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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


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