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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

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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 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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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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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 are decubitus ulcers?

Pressure sores: They are breakdowns in the skin, usually over pressure points due to prolonged immobility such as sitting or lying in a bed because of an illness, injury, or age. ...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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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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What conditions that put someone at risk of decubitus ulcers other than a cva?

What conditions that put someone at risk of decubitus ulcers other than a cva?

Spinal cord injury: The general rule for decubitus ulcers (more accurately pressure sores) is "no pressure, no sore." if any of us stay in one position too long, we will get a pressure sore. We do not because we move and shift our weight, even when asleep. Those at risk for pressure sores are those who cannot do this: spinal cord injury patients or weak or debilitated patients who cannot move themselves. ...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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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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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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Describe how decreased blood circulation leads to the formation of decubitus ulsers?

Describe how decreased blood circulation leads to the formation of decubitus ulsers?

Ischemia: Blood circulation is essential to keep tissues alive. When pressure causes decreased blood circulation, the tissues die and create a hole (ulcer). ...Read more

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What are decubius ulcers?

Bedsores.: Decubitus ulcers are also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers. By rotating and cushioning pressure-bearing areas, decubitus ulcers can be prevented. ...Read more

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What is the prevalence of pressure ulcers in the U.S.?

2.5 million in USA: This is an estimate and represents the number of TREATED pressure sores. The incidence is likely to be much much higher. http://www.uptodate.com/contents/epidemiology-pathogenesis-and-risk-assessment-of-pressure-ulcers?source=outline_link&view=text&anchor=H2#H2For a good summary: ...Read more

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Is there any way to ease pain from finger ulcers due to c.R.E.S.T. Sndrome?

Is there any way to ease pain from finger ulcers due to c.R.E.S.T. Sndrome?

Several: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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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


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more