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Can I catch pressure sores if I visit my grandmother in the hospital?

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Dr. Aletha Tippett
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

Pressure sores are a essentially a physical injury.
They are not contagious in the same way a sprained ankle is not contagious. However, they can be contaminated by bacteria and this bacteria can be spread from one person to another. This is why it's important to follow dr. Cheng's advice and wash your hands frequently.

In brief: No

Pressure sores are a essentially a physical injury.
They are not contagious in the same way a sprained ankle is not contagious. However, they can be contaminated by bacteria and this bacteria can be spread from one person to another. This is why it's important to follow dr. Cheng's advice and wash your hands frequently.
Dr. Aletha Tippett
Dr. Aletha Tippett
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

No. Pressure sores are caused by a break down of the skin when one is bedridden and the patient is not moved or on a special mattress.
This is not a contagious condition. While visiting the hospital, however, make sure you wash your hands frequently (before visiting, during the visit, and after the visit) to prevent the spread of other infections to you or the ones you visit.

In brief: No

No. Pressure sores are caused by a break down of the skin when one is bedridden and the patient is not moved or on a special mattress.
This is not a contagious condition. While visiting the hospital, however, make sure you wash your hands frequently (before visiting, during the visit, and after the visit) to prevent the spread of other infections to you or the ones you visit.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Clinical Lipidology

In brief: No

Pressur sores are related to prolonged pressure without change in position.
There is no infectious or contagious apse ct.

In brief: No

Pressur sores are related to prolonged pressure without change in position.
There is no infectious or contagious apse ct.
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Dr. Nassir Azimi
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Dr. Robin Matsukawa
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

As with other 2 doctors, pressure sores are not contagious.
If you become bed-ridden then you have an increased risk of developing pressure sores, which is exactly a sore caused by pressure. For hospitalized patients, nurses turn the immobile patient every several hours and apply some type of lubricating gel to decrease the chances of developing such sores. This is a hospital requirement.

In brief: No

As with other 2 doctors, pressure sores are not contagious.
If you become bed-ridden then you have an increased risk of developing pressure sores, which is exactly a sore caused by pressure. For hospitalized patients, nurses turn the immobile patient every several hours and apply some type of lubricating gel to decrease the chances of developing such sores. This is a hospital requirement.
Dr. Robin Matsukawa
Dr. Robin Matsukawa
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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

Pressure ulcers are the result of severe immobility.
They are not cause by bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms so they are not contagious.

In brief: No

Pressure ulcers are the result of severe immobility.
They are not cause by bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms so they are not contagious.
Dr. Michael Carson
Dr. Michael Carson
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