decubitus ulcers


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decubitus ulcers

Bedsores. ULCERS caused by unduly sustained skin pressure. These affect especially the buttocks, the heels, the elbows and the back of the head of people with loss of sensation from neurological damage or who are paralysed or too debilitated to move much. Bedsores may progress to complete local loss of skin with exposure of the underlying tendons or bone.

Decubitus ulcers

A pressure sore resulting from ulceration of the skin occurring in persons confined to bed for long periods of time
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Patient discussion about decubitus ulcers

Q. I ask a client's Dr. to script flexaril for a lower back spasm and he made it for a drug called zanaflex? I am unfamiliar with zanaflex, what is the difference between it and flexaril 25mg? Benefits? Risks? I got him to order the air mattress and extended bed because client is 6'3" and is already bedridden on my 1st day..try to beat the skin breakdown, already stage I decubitis ulcers. I tried to talk the client into slideboard and lift away arm wheelchair...noway..he wants to walk bent with a rolling walker. He already had a lift chair delivered, so he just goes from bed to lift chair. He refuses to let me bathe him. He can't see, and he has me check his draw up on insulin to make sure it's right. He sends the P.T. man right back out the door after he signs the sheet. Difficult pt.!

A. Flexeril and Zanaflex are different drugs but are both muscle relaxants. There are hardly any differences between the two, clinically wise. If the doctor thought one is better than the other for your client I would suggest you take his advice and use the one he gave you.

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Table 64: Asia-Pacific Historic Review of Decubitus Ulcer Treatment Products by Product Segment - Air Fluidized Beds, Low Air Loss Beds, Alternating Air Pressure Mattresses, Foam Mattresses, Other Full Support Products and Local Area Support Products Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Thousand for Years 2004 through 2009 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-62
For example, the immobilized stroke patient must be turned regularly and examined completely to avoid missing a forming decubitus ulcer.
This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Decubitus Ulcer Treatment Products in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Air Fluidized Beds, Low Air Loss Beds, Alternating Air Pressure Mattresses, Foam Mattresses, Other Full Support Products, and Local Area Support Products.
He noted that all agreed that a Braden scale is universally used to stage the seriousness of decubitus ulcers or pressure sores.
Compared with their peers, neglected patients were more likely to have poor clothing, poor skin integrity, decubitus ulcers, diarrhea, urine burns, or urine excoriations.
Ove Dehlin, professor of geriatrics in Malmo, Sweden, Solve Elmstahl, professor of geriatrics, Malmo, Sweden, and Finn Gottrup, professor of wound healing in Copenhagen, Denmark, who have jointly headed the execution of the clinical phase III studies on decubitus ulcers, have made the following statement:
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