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What is a bedsore (pressure sore, pressure ulcer, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer)?

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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Skin wound over bone

It is an injury to skin and tissues underneath from prolonged continuous pressure on the skin.
The heel, ankles, hips or buttocks are the areas most commonly affected because the skin covers the bone. Direct pressure to the skin over the bone will cause decreased blood supply and will initiate the bedsore process.

In brief: Skin wound over bone

It is an injury to skin and tissues underneath from prolonged continuous pressure on the skin.
The heel, ankles, hips or buttocks are the areas most commonly affected because the skin covers the bone. Direct pressure to the skin over the bone will cause decreased blood supply and will initiate the bedsore process.
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Chronic skin injury

Pressure ulcer is the description of the injury to the skin when pressure is applied to the skin over a protracted period of time.
Patients in coma who do not get turned can get buttock, back or shoulder ulcers. Patients who are paralyzed can get pressure injury because they have no feeling in paralyzed area. Any bone deformity can cause pressure from bone pushing outward abnormally.

In brief: Chronic skin injury

Pressure ulcer is the description of the injury to the skin when pressure is applied to the skin over a protracted period of time.
Patients in coma who do not get turned can get buttock, back or shoulder ulcers. Patients who are paralyzed can get pressure injury because they have no feeling in paralyzed area. Any bone deformity can cause pressure from bone pushing outward abnormally.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Wound

Pressure sores or decubitus ulcers are wounds caused by unrelieved pressure.
Pressure restricts blood flow and the tissue in the area can die. Places where the pressure is the highest are more likely to get these wounds (tailbone, buttocks, heels etc) people who are unable to move because of stroke or spinal cord injury are at risk. Frequent changes in position (each 2 hours) helps in prevention.

In brief: Wound

Pressure sores or decubitus ulcers are wounds caused by unrelieved pressure.
Pressure restricts blood flow and the tissue in the area can die. Places where the pressure is the highest are more likely to get these wounds (tailbone, buttocks, heels etc) people who are unable to move because of stroke or spinal cord injury are at risk. Frequent changes in position (each 2 hours) helps in prevention.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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Dr. Aletha Tippett
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: A type of wound

A wound caused by unrelieved pressure on an area of the body.
Contact with any surface (bed, chair, medical devices such as splints or wheelchair footrests) can cause a bedsore. Pressure from the surface restricts blood flow and causes local tissue to die. The skin opens up & a wound is visible as the body gets rid of the dead tissue.

In brief: A type of wound

A wound caused by unrelieved pressure on an area of the body.
Contact with any surface (bed, chair, medical devices such as splints or wheelchair footrests) can cause a bedsore. Pressure from the surface restricts blood flow and causes local tissue to die. The skin opens up & a wound is visible as the body gets rid of the dead tissue.
Dr. Aletha Tippett
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bed sore

These terms are used to describe a wound that has as its primary cause pressure.
They do not necessarily need to be caused by a bed.

In brief: Bed sore

These terms are used to describe a wound that has as its primary cause pressure.
They do not necessarily need to be caused by a bed.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Wounds

Pressure sores can become complicated with infection, especially in diabetic patients.
It is important to keep the wounds clean. Antibiotics can prevent spread of infection.

In brief: Wounds

Pressure sores can become complicated with infection, especially in diabetic patients.
It is important to keep the wounds clean. Antibiotics can prevent spread of infection.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care

In brief: Synonyms

Many words for the same thing

In brief: Synonyms

Many words for the same thing
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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