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Bed Sores also called as “Decubitus Ulcers”, ”Pressure Sores” and ”Pressure Ulcers” are skin lesions which can be caused by friction, humidity, temperature, continence, medication, shearing forces, age and unrelieved pressure. These painful skin ulcers due to constant pressure on part of the body shuts down the blood vessels feeding that area of skin. The first damage appears on the skin surface as a red or dark patch. Less than two hours of constant pressure may cause skin damage. The actual damage lies beneath the skin; skin damage is just the visible consequence. The further development of pressure sore will break down to form blisters, dead skin, and finally infect underlying tissues, bones and joints.
Bed Sores can be seen on the lower back, buttocks and on bony protruding areas like Shoulders, Hips, Knees, Heels and Ankles. Experts suggest, Bed Sores are hard to prevent especially for vulnerable patients. Those bed sores can progress rapidly and are usually difficult to heal.
Bed Sores can be seen in different stages, which are:
Insert date: 2011.10.24 Last update: 2012.01.24