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Definition of the Pressure Ulcer, Pressure Sore, Bed Sore or Decubitus Ulcer

Definition of the Pressure Ulcer, Pressure Sore, Bed Sore or Decubitus Ulcer

Definition of Pressure Ulcer, Pressure Sore, Bed Sore or Decubitus Ulcer:

A pressure ulcer, pressure sore, bed sore or decubitus ulcer is an area of skin that breaks down when you stay in one position for too long without shifting your weight. This often happens if you use a wheelchair or you are bedridden, even for a short period of time (for example, after surgery or an injury). The constant pressure against the skin reduces the blood supply to that area, and the affected tissue dies.

A pressure ulcer, pressure sore, bed sore, or decubitus ulcer starts as reddened skin but gets progressively worse, forming a blister, then an open sore, and finally a crater. The most common places for pressure ulcers are over bony prominences (bones close to the skin) like the elbow, heels, hips, ankles, shoulders, back, and the back of the head. says California Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Steven C. Peck.

Causes:

These factors increase the risk for pressure ulcers, pressure sores, bed sore or decubitus ulcers:

  • Being bedridden or in a wheelchair
  • Fragile skin
  • Having a chronic condition, such as diabetes or vascular disease, that prevents areas of the body from receiving proper blood flow
  • Inability to move certain parts of your body without assistance, such as after spinal or brain injury or if you have a neuromuscular disease (like multiple sclerosis)
  • Malnourishment
  • Mental disability from conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease — the patient may not be able to properly prevent or treat pressure ulcers
  • Older age
  • Urinary incontinence or bowel incontinence

– from Steven Peck, Senior Attorney at Peck Law Group
 

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorney Steven Peck

About the Author

Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.


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