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What is a pressure sore?

What is a pressure sore?

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 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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How should a pressure sore be kept clean?

How should a pressure sore be kept clean?

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 (silver sulfadiazine) to prevent infection. ...Read more

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What is the typical color of a pressure sore?

What is the typical color of a pressure sore?

Red: Redness would be typical but yellow or white base is also possible. Prevention amd early treatment is important for the advanced the ulcer the more difficult to treat non surgically. ...Read more

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What should I do if I see a pressure sore beginning?

What should I do if I see a pressure sore beginning?

See your Doctor: The primary cause of pressure sores is infrequent changes in position. Chronic illness and poor nutrition can also contribute. Prevention is of course the best strategy. If you see signs on the surface of the skin, it can sometimes be masking a deeper problem or even an infection. This should be evaluated by a physician so that treatment can be started if needed. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take a pressure sore to heal?

How long does it usually take a pressure sore to heal?

The deepr the longer: Pressure ulcers vary from simple abrasion of the skin to deep into muscle with exposed bone. If pressure ulcer is superficial, healing may be complete in 3-4 weeks. For deep ulcers 12-16 weeks might be needed. Some pressure ulcer will never heal unless surgery is done. ...Read more

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How often should I redress a pressure sore on my butt?

How often should I redress a pressure sore on my butt?

Depth: Depending on the Stage and depth once or twice a day. Also need to monitor for drainage. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a pressure sore to fully heal?

How long does it take for a pressure sore to fully heal?

Varies: It will very with depth size and nutritional status. It is important to avoid constantly staying in one position and local wound care to stimulate healing. ...Read more

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Can I use baby dessintin on pressure sore, its small but open?

Can I use baby dessintin on pressure sore, its small but open?

Only: Around the periphery of intact skin and only if excessively moist. Use as a moisture barrier, but optimal treatment is to remove the pressure until healed and again, a wound care center would be your best choice. ...Read more

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How big can pressure sores get? I have never seen a pressure sore. How large are they capable of getting? .

How big can pressure sores get? I have never seen a pressure sore. How large are they capable of getting? .

Very Large.: Pressure sores left untreated, can become extremely large. For example, I have seen pressure ulcers that span the entire width of the patient's back, sacrum, or buttuck areas. ...Read more

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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? .

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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Why are pressure sores so dangerous? I mean, it’s just a sore, right?

Why are pressure sores so dangerous? I mean, it’s just a sore, right?

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 more

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Could you apply cavilon cream on a pressure sore area?

Pressure sore: We cannot answer this question because we do not know where the pressure sore is located. The location and stage of the ulcer are important to know when recommending any of the 4000+ wound care products to use. ...Read more

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Please recommend if it's best to keep a pressure sore dry and let it breath or put ointment on it and cover it up?

Please recommend if it's best to keep a pressure sore dry and let it breath or put ointment on it and cover it up?

Sometimes: Although an escher may act as a biologic dressing most wounds will heal with better results if all necrotic tissue us derided and a moist clean dressing is regularly applied or a wound closure is surgically accomplished. ...Read more

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Is it best to keep a pressure sore dry and let it "breath" in the air or should I apply ointment on it and cover it up?

Is it best to keep a pressure sore dry and let it "breath" in the air or should I apply ointment on it and cover it up?

Sometimes: Although an escher may act as a biologic dressing most wounds will heal with better results if all necrotic tissue us derided and a moist clean dressing is regularly applied or a wound closure is surgically accomplished. ...Read more

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Question about a pressure sore. Is it bad care or thin skin that causes it?

Question about a pressure sore. Is it bad care or thin skin that causes it?

No pressure, no sore: Normal skin can begin to break down, especially over bony prominences, after only 2 hours of unrelieved pressure. Thin skin would be even more susceptible, but the bottom line is: no pressure no sore. ...Read more

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I have a pressure sore that has been healing. Now that it is almost healed up the skin around it has turned white?

Probably normal: If it is healing on its own, it is not a deep pressure sore-congratulations on getting it to heal. The skin borders around such sores are often white; a combination of scarring and absence of melanocytes (pigment producing cells.) these areas often eventually re-pigment in a spotty manner or completely. ...Read more

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Pressure Sores (Definition)

Pressure sores = Bed sored = Injury to skin & deeper tissues due to prolonged ...Read more


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