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Why Do Bed Sores Smell
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
Pressure wounds: Pressure wounds are all about pressure off loading. Alleviation of the pressure / decreased blood flow is the key. Therefore environmental modification of beds, turning routine, and wheel chairs are of paramount importance. Wound care with adequate surgery to clear the bad tissue is also important. Nutrition should be optimized. Occasionally flaps are done on full thickness wounds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bed sores: Bed sores are due to pressure injuries to the skin. There are two sides to the equation: the length and type of pressure on the one side; and the vulnerability of the skin on the other (moisture, edema, arterial disease, prior disease, etc.). The types of pressure injuries include friction, shearing, and pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Frequent turning: Once a pressure sore develops it needs the specialized care of a wound specialist such as a plastic surgeon. It may need to be cleaned and may need coverage with special dressing, a skin graft or even an advancement of surrounding tissue surgically. Prevention is overall the best treatment. Turning, dry beds, minimal pressure among other things are needed. See> http://www.Npuap.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See Below: Bed sores are caused by prolonged pressure on the skin . . . Usually over bony prominences such as hips or shoulder blades. They can be common in people that are wheelchair or bed bound and are unable to change position frequently. Early bed sores may look like only mild skin redness. This can progress to pain, ulceration, infection, and even involvement of the underlying muscle or bone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Typically it takes a major team effort for anything that is significant in size or depth - especially related to keeping all weight off the sore, doing dressing changes, optimizing nutrition, making sure that cushions and supportive surface are working well, and sometimes surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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