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bed sores

Ulcers of the skin, and, in some severe cases, of the underlying muscles also, caused by local deprivation of blood supply as a result of sustained pressure. Bed sores are sometimes called decubitus ulcers or pressure sores. They can be avoided by regular changes of position and by skilled nursing.
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Bed sores are often caused when a large amount of pressure is applied to an area of skin over a short period of time and becomes starved of oxygen.
5m patients per year develop pressure ulcers, or bed sores, which require treatment.
Inactivity and bed sores were pushing them toward death C* here death is so close," he said.
Mrs Bravette noticed an unpleasant smell and was shocked when she realised it was as a result of her husband's bed sores.
Hospitals with a better safety climate--interpersonal, work unit, and organizational safety attitudes and safeguards--have a lower incidence of patient safety problems such as bed sores, postoperative hemorrhage, and health care-associated infections.
However, in this unusual Florida case a nursing home patient had recurring bed sores for which she was hospitalized several times, only to return to the nursing home where she resided.
Hospitals will also work to prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and prevent and treat bed sores.
Medicare has been posting more quality information on its Web site, listing nursing homes that fair poorly in state inspections on measures such as the percentage of residents who have bed sores or who spend most of their time in a chair or bed.
1% from 2004 to 2006, while the incidence of bed sores and postoperative respiratory failure worsened during that time.
The ergonomically designed Currette can be used to effectively treat such wounds as: burns, bed sores, diabetic ulcers, and more.
By the fall of 2000, she suffered from joint dysfunction and bed sores that had gone untreated for months.
Wansbeck Hospital's intensive care and coronary care unit became the first in Europe to adopt the mattresses, which dramatically reduce bed sores.