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Preventing Bed Sores

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

Bed sores, decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers, pressure sores

Overview *

Pressure ulcers occur when an area of skin dies because of the pressure exerted on it. These ulcers are very common in patients with limited mobility.

Pressure ulcers are most likely to develop in the following areas:
- Heels
- Coccyx
- Sacrum
- Hips
- Ankles

Pressure ulcers can be very difficult to treat and could get infected. In rare instances, infected pressure ulcers could spread the infection to the rest of the body and lead to death.

Preventing pressure ulcers is possible using some very simple yet effective methods, such as:
- Walking when possible
- Shifting positions in the bed or wheelchair
- Repositioning the patient frequently
- Using special mattresses
- Placing pillows between the legs

Feel free to ask the nurse or doctor about the measures they take to prevent pressure ulcers.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Bed Sores
Risk Factors | Preventing Bed Sores
Conclusion

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education tutorial explains bed sores and how to prevent them.

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Last reviewed: 1/10/2007

 
     
 

.Selected topic overviews were adapted from Medlineplus, the National Library of Medicine *

 
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