Also referred to as pressure injuries or decubitis ulcers, bedsores are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin.
Bedsores most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, ankles, hips and tailbone.
Bedsores Are Preventable & Treatable
Bedsores are far too common in nursing home residents because in almost every instance, bedsores are preventable and treatable.
How Bedsores Develop
Pressure injuries and bedsores are different terms to describe the same problem – the formation of a wound as a result of a particular part of the body being put under prolonged pressure. Bedsores can develop while the resident is lying in bed, sitting in a wheelchair or being otherwise immobile. Bedsores can worsen from friction or excess moisture on the skin.
Once formed, bedsores are very painful, can take months to heal (if they heal at all) and can complicate existing health problems. It is not unusual for nursing home residents to die as a result of infections that develop from bedsores.
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