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Pressure Sores, Bedsores, Decubitus Ulcers and Pressure Ulcers Are Almost Always Preventable

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Pressure sores, also called Bedsores, Decubitus Ulcers or Pressure Ulcers, can result from poor care at hospitals and nursing homes.  The mechanics behind the development of pressure sores (also called bed sores, pressures ulcers or decubitus ulcers) involve unrelieved pressure on bony prominences (parts) of the body over an extended period of time.  Gradually, blood flow can become restricted and the skin and tissue die, resulting in the development of a wound in the area.

 

Although a pressure sore can develop almost anywhere, the most common areas of the body prone to develop the wounds include the:

  • Buttocks - sometimes called the sacrum and coccyx
  • Heels
  • Back
  • Hip
  • Head

Positioning and movement important factors in pressure sores.  In general, patients should be turned every two hours and repositioned often.  Poor nutrition and dehydration can impact skin health and the bodies ability to heal, making individuals more susceptible to pressure sores.  Also, patients who are allowed to sit in urine or feces or in wet clothing and bedding for any amount of time are also more likely to have skin deterioration and pressure sores develop.

 

Attorney Russell W. Lewis, IV, represents clients throughout the United States in state and federal courts and is licensed in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

 

Call 1-855-795-3947 for a free consultation.

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