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Pressure Sores (Overview)

Pressure sores are skin conditions in which mechanical pressure has eroded away the skin. These sores are common in hospitalized and otherwise immobile patients.


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How do I cure pressure sores aka "bed sores"?

How do I cure pressure sores aka "bed sores"?

Bedsores: Bedsores are due to pressure over bony prominences. The best way to prevent bedsores, once they occur, is to keep pressure of these areas. That means that you need to constantly move the person into different positions to relieve the pressure. Seeking professional help like with a wound center is a great option since depending on the depth, stage and location of the uler, your options will differ. ...Read more

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Pressure Sores (Overview)

Pressure sores are skin conditions in which mechanical pressure has eroded away the skin. These sores are common in hospitalized and otherwise immobile patients.


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How long does it take pressure sores to develop? How long does someone need to be in a bed before they are at risk of developing pressure sores? .

How long does it take pressure sores to develop? How long does someone need to be in a bed before they are at risk of developing pressure sores?

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Cause Pressure Sore: Pressure causes a bed sore. One unknown is how long does it take a pressure ulcer to develop. There are many risk factors including diabetes mellitus, low blood pressure, moisture from incontinence or perspiration, fungal infection, use of medical devices, etc. We simply do not know for an individual patient whether rotating them every five minutes or every two hours will prevent pressure injury. ...Read more

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My dad is in the hospital, and I want to make sure he doesn’t get pressure sores. What is the first sign of a pressure sore?

My dad is in the hospital, and I want to make sure he doesn’t get pressure sores. What is the first sign of a pressure sore?

No pressure, no sore: That sounds simple, i know that it is not. Avoidance of pressure sores requires constant vigilance on the part of caregivers for patients with spinal cord injuries or neurological disorders. A good rule of thumb is to avoid pressure on any one skin area for more than two hours. The first sign is redness of the skin over a pressure point. Skin condition should be frequently checked in hospital. ...Read more

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Can pressure sores cause cancer?

Can pressure sores cause cancer?

Pressure sores: A small percentage of chronic ulcers can become cancerous, but this is unusual and especially so for pressure ulcerations. Any wound that has been present for a long time that has not responded to usual forms of treatment by trained wound professionals can be considered for biopsy to be read by a trained pathologist. ...Read more

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Are men less at risk of pressure sores? I heard that men have thicker skin than women. Does this mean they are less at risk of pressure sores? .

Are men less at risk of pressure sores? I heard that men have thicker skin than women.  Does this mean they are less at risk of pressure sores?

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No: Pressure sores can occur anywhere there is unrelieved pressure. People who are bedbound generally will get them over the sacrum and the backs of the heels. People who are wheelchair bound and don't care for themselves adequately get them over the ischium (the sit-bones.) lying on one's side for too long can cause them over the greater trochanter (outside of the upper thigh.) no sex difference. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to treat pressure sores?

Lack of education: Pressure sores aren't hard to treat, but people can suffer for years with them because the true cause of the problem isn't addressed. If pressure & shear (sliding) are removed and appropriate wound dressings are in place, it should heal easily. If a pressure sore is not healing it's because there's still pressure on that area, even if the person is on a special "pressure support" surface. ...Read more

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How are pressure sores aka bed sores treated?

Getting the pt up: It is from lying on one spot too much. Anything to mobilize the patient or make them turn over periodically would help. ...Read more

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When is treatment appropriate for pressure sores?

When is treatment appropriate for pressure sores?

RX pressure ulcer: At any stage, a treatment plan is needed. But direct observation of the wound is absolutely necessary to answer this question. Minimize the pressure, debride the devitalized tissue from the wound, use clean products in or on the wound, and careful followup by wound care professionals either in a wound center or by home health nursing is vital. ...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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