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Why do pressure sores sometimes smell bad?

Why do pressure sores sometimes smell bad?

Infected dead tissue: Pressure sores are caused when unrelieved sustained pressure causes tissue compromise or death. Bacteria use the dead tissue as a nutritional source and proliferate. Occasionally maggots may also find this a good source of nutrition. Certain bacteria will produce odors that are offensive. Wound care includes surgical removal of dead tissue to limit bacterial growth. ...Read more

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 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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Where can you get pressure sores?

Where can you get pressure sores?

Dependent areas: Pressure sores can occur on the buttocks, heel of the foot and rarely on the back of the head in a bed bound person. ...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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Do you only get pressure sores from lying in bed?

No: Pressure sores can occur anywhere there is unrelieved pressure. People who are bedbound generally will get them over the sacrum and the backs of the heels. People who are wheelchair bound and don't care for themselves adequately get them over the ischium (the sit-bones.) lying on one's side for too long can cause them over the greater trochanter (outside of the upper thigh.). ...Read more

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What should you do if you get pressure sores from a mask?

What should you do if you get pressure sores from a mask?

Mask sores: You can get sores from medical devices as you have found out. There are many skin protectants and cushions available on the market to try to prevent this type of injury. A visit with a wound center and or wound and ostomy nurse may be a worthwhile pursuit. If the device has a well known manufacturer, then contacting the company is also worthwhile to see what they recommend, including a different d. ...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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What are ways to prevent pressure sores?

What are ways to prevent pressure 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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Does repositioning prevent pressure sores ?

Does repositioning prevent pressure sores ?

Yes: The best way to prevent pressure sores is frequent repositioning. ...Read more

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How does silver dressing help with pressure sores?

How does silver dressing help with pressure sores?

Antimicrobial: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream is antimicrobial, keeping pressure sores from becoming infected. In addition, the emollient (cream or ointment) helps provide a moist wound bed for adjacent normal skin cells to migrate into the wound to heal the area. ...Read more

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Which layers of skin are affected by pressure sores?

Which layers of skin are affected by pressure sores?

All layers : Deep to superficial. But the primary problem is compromise of the vascular supply in the subcutaneous layers and secondarily in the dermis. ...Read more

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How can people on wheelchairs prevent pressure sores?

How can people on wheelchairs prevent pressure sores?

Sores from sitting: Sores from sitting in wheelchairs are due to all three types of pressure injuries: pressure, shearing and friction. Pressure can be relieved by alternating positioning; shearing can be prevented by careful attention to lifting oneself before moving into a new position; and friction can be prevented by understanding and correcting any rubbing issues. Request a seating evaluation from your clinician. ...Read more

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Is it easier for an older person to get pressure sores?

Is it easier for an older person to get pressure sores?

Pressure ulcer: As a patient gets older, they are often become more sedentary and the chances of prolonged pressure on bony prominences increases the incidence of pressure sores. This same subset of patients have altered nutrition too which puts them at further risk. ...Read more

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Does repositioning prevent pressure sores from happening?

Does repositioning prevent pressure sores from happening?

Yes: Pressure sore are caused from excessive pressure on a specific area of body: usually develop when one is in a specific position for a long time such as in bed for days without movement. ...Read more

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How do people confined to a wheelchair prevent pressure sores?

How do people confined to a wheelchair prevent pressure sores?

Changing position: You need to help him/her changing positions, no matter what. Avoiding sitting in one position more than 2 hours. The seat should be soft. ...Read more

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Are men less at risk of pressure sores? I heard that men have thicker skin than women. Does this mean they are less at risk of pressure sores? .

Are men less at risk of pressure sores? I heard that men have thicker skin than women.  Does this mean they are less at risk of pressure sores?

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No: Pressure sores can occur anywhere there is unrelieved pressure. People who are bedbound generally will get them over the sacrum and the backs of the heels. People who are wheelchair bound and don't care for themselves adequately get them over the ischium (the sit-bones.) lying on one's side for too long can cause them over the greater trochanter (outside of the upper thigh.) no sex difference. ...Read more

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Are men less at risk of pressure sores? I heard that men have thicker skin than women. Does this mean they are less at risk of pressure sores? .

Are men less at risk of pressure sores? I heard that men have thicker skin than women.  Does this mean they are less at risk of pressure sores?

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No: Pressure sores can occur anywhere there is unrelieved pressure. People who are bedbound generally will get them over the sacrum and the backs of the heels. People who are wheelchair bound and don't care for themselves adequately get them over the ischium (the sit-bones.) lying on one's side for too long can cause them over the greater trochanter (outside of the upper thigh.) no sex difference. ...Read more

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Can pressure sores cause cancer?

Pressure sores: A small percentage of chronic ulcers can become cancerous, but this is unusual and especially so for pressure ulcerations. Any wound that has been present for a long time that has not responded to usual forms of treatment by trained wound professionals can be considered for biopsy to be read by a trained pathologist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to leave pressure sores uncovered in the elderly ?

Is it safe to leave pressure sores uncovered in the elderly ?

Pressure Sores: This can be a little tricky. There are six categories of pressure ulcers: stages 1, 2, 3, 4, unable to stage and deep tissue injury. There are a pressure injuries that do not necessarily need to be covered. For example, a stage 1 ulcer does not have a break in the skin and can be left uncovered in many cases. Some ulcers are left uncovered because of location but have protective creams applied. ...Read more

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Do risk assessment tools prevent pressure sores?

No, they assess risk: They can be a good resource for planning care of a susceptible patient to avoid pressure sores, but the only way to prevent pressure sores is to avoid prolonged pressure, especially over bony prominences and to be hypervigilant in examining areas daily that are prone to these sores. ...Read more

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Do risk assessment tools really prevent pressure sores?

Do risk assessment tools really prevent pressure sores?

No: They are tool to help you assess the patient's risk to develop the ulcers. They are not preventative. ...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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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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What's an effective medication for pressure sores?

What's an effective medication for pressure sores?

Pressure relief!: Pressure sores require relief of pressure--offloading at least 10 minutes every 2 hours. Once pressure necrosis occurs, however, treatment requires debridement of dead tissue, wound care to avoid or treat infection if present, and a moist environment to assist healing. Numerous medications, gels, and pastes exist, but none are magic. Some silver compounds help minimize bacteria; fecal soilage bad! ...Read more

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What drugs can help with the pain of pressure sores?

What drugs can help with the pain of pressure sores?

Any Analgesic: Pain is asymptom, not a disease. Pressure sores commonly occur in areas without normal sensation. Pain may be indicating someting moree is going on . Get examined by you physician. ...Read more

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Pressure Sores (Definition)

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