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Why do people get bedsores?

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care

In brief: Skin breakdown.

When a sick or frail patient lays in one position for a long time and cannot move the pressure over bony prominences ( hip, tailbone, etc ) can crush and kill the skin in between the bone and the bed.
Bad ones can even kill off the muscle. This dead tissue can become infected and spread to the rest of the system

In brief: Skin breakdown.

When a sick or frail patient lays in one position for a long time and cannot move the pressure over bony prominences ( hip, tailbone, etc ) can crush and kill the skin in between the bone and the bed.
Bad ones can even kill off the muscle. This dead tissue can become infected and spread to the rest of the system
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: No pressure, no sore

Is the general rule.
People with normal sensation and mobility never stay in one position for too long. Pressure over a bony prominence can cause skin injury in as little as two hours. That is why debilitated patients and those with spinal cord injuries are placed on pressure-relieving mattresses, turned and repositioned frequently and checked for the presence of early pressure sores frequently.

In brief: No pressure, no sore

Is the general rule.
People with normal sensation and mobility never stay in one position for too long. Pressure over a bony prominence can cause skin injury in as little as two hours. That is why debilitated patients and those with spinal cord injuries are placed on pressure-relieving mattresses, turned and repositioned frequently and checked for the presence of early pressure sores frequently.
Dr. Barry Press
Dr. Barry Press
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Dr. Barry Handler
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Presure

Sustained pressure over a bony area for as little as 4 or more hours can result in a deep pressure sore.
Laying in bed too long without turning or sitting in the same place too long are typical causes.

In brief: Presure

Sustained pressure over a bony area for as little as 4 or more hours can result in a deep pressure sore.
Laying in bed too long without turning or sitting in the same place too long are typical causes.
Dr. Barry Handler
Dr. Barry Handler
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