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What is a stage 4 bed sore?

What is a stage 4 bed sore?

See below: Skin ulcers are often staged based on depth (stage 4 = deepest)... Stage 1: reddened skin that does not blanch (doesn't turn white when pressed). Stage 2: superficial erosion of the skin -- often appears as an abrasion, blister, or shallow crater. Stage 3: full thickness skin loss to the level of fat. Stage 4: full thickness skin loss + involvement of underlying structures (e.g. Muscle, bone, etc). ...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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Why does a bed sore form?

Why does a bed sore form?

Pressure: Bed sores form in people who do not move from a combination of the weight and decreased circulation to the area. Turning every 2 hours can decrease the risk of forming bed sores. Early bed sores, can be treated with padding, turning and creams. More developed bed sores may require surgery to close them.Prevention is still important after surgery. ...Read more

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What can heal a bed sore?

What can heal a bed sore?

Bed sore: You must consider relieving pressure in the area of the sore in order for there to be a chance for it to heal. Location of the ulcer along with the multiple factors of a patient's health are considered together in order to create a care plan that will heal an ulceration. ...Read more

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Why does a bed sore develop?

Why does a bed sore develop?

Pressure Sore: Pressure or bed sores develop due to a reduced amount of blood flow to the effected body part over a long period of time. To help prevent them it is important to rotate or shift the body to evenly distribute pressure. If an ulcer develops or looks like it may develop it is very important to treat it seriously and have a wound care specialist recommend treatment/prevention options. ...Read more

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What supplies do I need to treat a bed sore?

What supplies do I need to treat a bed sore?

Bed sore: This type of wound requires the expertise of a wound care team. Without knowing any further information, it is difficult to say exactly what is needed. Bed sores, at the very least, require that pressure is relieved off of the site. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bed sore?

What is the definition or description of: bed sore?

Bed Sores: 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 changes and sometime surgery. ...Read more

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How do you treat a head bed sore?

How do you treat a head bed sore?

Depends: The answer depends on the depth and width of the sore, and what tissue is exposed at the base of the wound. Usually these heal without surgery, but they can require surgery if there is a large area of dead tissue. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to prevent a bed sore?

What is the best thing to prevent a bed sore?

Multifactorial: Pressure ulcers are a result of pressure on the skin of a vulnerable person. Risk factors include age, immobility, incontinence, poor wound healing, dementia and poor nutrition. Focusing on managing the risk factors are beneficial for prevention, as once the pu is formed , it is more difficult to heal with possibilities of many complications. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my bed sore is bleeding?

Considerations: The real question to ask is...Is the bed sore getting better? Are the dimensions decreasing, is the patient feeling better, is there less "non-healthy" tissue, is there more granulation tissue (new capillaries) ? Bleeding can occur even with great healing as new capillaries get formed and injured with dressing changes or simple movement. If the wound looks and measures better, all else is trivia. ...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