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What are the predisposing factors to developing pressure sores?

What are the predisposing factors to developing pressure sores?

#1=immobility: But there are many other factors such as nutrition, contractures, fractures, spasm, paraplegia, sensory disturbances, obesity, incontinence, inability to care for oneself and many, many more. ...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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Are pressure sores common?

Are pressure sores common?

Yes on bed-ridden: It's common on bed-ridden persons, wheel-chair users and paraplegics. ...Read more

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Are pressure sores serious?

Are pressure sores serious?

Yes: Yes briefly there are 4 types of stage 1 through stage 4. Stage 1 is relatively superficial with intact skin, where as stage 4 is down to the bone. Once one has gotten one they are much more likely predisposed to having one again. ...Read more

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How to avoid pressure sores?

How to avoid pressure sores?

Minimize pressure: Offload pressure points every 2-3 hours. Frequent position changes helps a lot. ...Read more

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Where can you get pressure sores?

Anywhere: Anywhere unrelieved pressure is applied to the body but this is more likely over boney prominences. ...Read more

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Could young people get pressure sores?

Could young people get pressure sores?

Of course: Pressure sores often occur in patients with spinal cord injuries or neurological disorders. These can affects people of any age. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to treat pressure sores?

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 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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How are pressure sores aka bed sores treated?

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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Where on the body are pressure sores most common?

Where on the body are pressure sores most common?

Back, butt, heels: As the other 2 md's stated, the most common areas are the back, butt, & heels. Pressure sores can occur anywhere on the body that is near or over a bony prominence (like the heels or elbows) or where the body is in prolonged contact with an object without any pressure relief. Here is a good diagram showing common pressure sore areas: http://www.Selectmedical.Co.Uk/images/pressure_sores.Jpg. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Pressure Sores (Definition)

Pressure sores are skin conditions in which mechanical pressure has eroded away the skin. These sores are common in hospitalized ...Read more