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To The Sea: Doctors Looking To Fish Proteins To Heal Pressure Ulcers

Anyone that has spent time in a hospital or visited someone spending a prolonged time in a hospital understands the issue of pressure sores, also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers.  These are skin and tissue injuries that result when an area of the body has received extended pressure.  This…

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Doctors Say Severe Pressure Sore Wounds Should be Kept Moist

The sight of a severe pressure sore wound can be upsetting for both doctor and patient. Stage 3 and 4 pressure sores are hard to treat, and in some cases may cause great discomfort and pain. Fortunately for patients, doctors have many sophisticated wound dressings at their disposal, several of which are…

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Study Gives Suggestions for Treating and Preventing Bed Sores

A study from the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine provides a far-ranging and extensive overview for treating and preventing bed sores (pressure ulcers) in elderly patients. Among the key points of the study: - 95 percent of pressure ulcers occur in the lower part of the body. - The incidence…

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Pressure Sores Must Be Timely Treated In Order To Maximize Chances Of Patient Recovery

Pressure sores (also known as pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers, and bed sores) are a common problem for residents of long-term care facilities.  Residents with limited mobility and other co-morbidities are at increased risk for bed sores. In most cases, pressure sores are a preventable problem.  Pressure ulcers are a very…

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How do medical facilities assess healing bed sores?

In order to maximize the effectiveness of bed sore treatment, medical facilities need to monitor bed sores as they heal.  Most medical facilities assess how well a bed sore (also called: decubitus ulcer, pressure ulcer or pressure sore) is healing based on the size of the wound and the physical…

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Why do some wound clinics and nursing homes suggest the use of Clinitron beds for patients with bed sores?

A Clinitron bed is specially designed bed for people with bed sores (also referred to as decubitus ulcer, pressure sores or pressure ulcers).  Clinitron beds use 'air fluidized therapy' (AFT) to reduce pressure on areas of the body and to assist in the wound healing process. Clinitron beds are designed…

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Can bed sores lead to amputation of limbs?

Yes. One of the most dramatic examples of how truly devastating bed sores can be is when a limb must be amputated due to severe bed sores.  When bed sores are not treated properly, tissue damage can spread and infection, gangrene, can set in.  In severe cases (where surgical debridement,…

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What is DuoDerm and why is it used to treat bed sores?

DuoDerm is the brand name for a commonly used hydrocolloid dressing manufactured by ConvaTec that is used to treat bed sores (or similarly referred to as: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers).   Hydrocolloid dressings have gel-like properties to absorb excretions from the wound and protect the wound debris…

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What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy and why is it used to treat bed sores?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy incorporates the same technology used to treat scuba divers who had ventured too deep or were severely depleted of oxygen.  Many hospitals now offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy  (HOT) to treat people with severe bed sores (also referred to as decubitus ulcer, pressure sore or pressure ulcer) because…

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What is ‘flap reconstruction’ and why is it necessary to treat bed sores?

In cases involving advanced bed sores (stage 3 or stage 4) a surgery may be necessary to cover the open wounds and aide in healing.  Surgical reconstruction of bed sores is often performed using flap surgery (also called flap reconstruction).  The surgical procedure involves harvesting healthy skin and muscle from…

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Why is a colostomy needed for patients with severe bed sores?

In cases involving severe bed sores (also referred to as: pressure sores, decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers) on the buttocks or sacrum, a physician may recommend a surgical procedure to prevent fecal material getting into the wounds.  The surgical procedure is referred to as a 'colostomy' or  'diverting colostomy'. A…

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How many calories does a patient with advanced bed sores need to consume?

Specific nutritional requirements should be specified by a treating physician.  Nonetheless, in order for the body to heal an advanced bed sore (also referred to as: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) its needs substantially more energy than a health person. By some accounts, the body requires almost twice…

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Can bed sores lead to amputation of limbs?

Yes. Bed sores (also known as: pressure sores, decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers) are caused by pressure, which cuts off blood flow to parts of the body resulting in areas of injured skin and tissue.  The areas of the body most vulnerable to pressure sores are the heels, hips, and buttocks.…

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What is a wound vac and how does it work?

A wound vac (also referred to negative pressure wound therapy) is a machine used to treat advanced bed sores.  A wound vac uses a pump to suction fluids from bed sores or other wounds that are difficult to heal on their own.  An airtight, vacuum chamber is created by draping…

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For an individual, how much does it cost to treat bed sores?

It is difficult to calculate the specific expenses related to bed sore treatment for individuals due variety of complications that may accompany bed sores.  Nonetheless, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) report, treating a bed sore in an acute care setting (hospital) is $43,180.00 per stay. Despite the high…

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How much is spent treating bed sores on an annual basis?

The last extended study of bed sore expenses was done in 1999 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  At the time, bed sore treatment costs in the United States were estimated to be $5 to $8.5 billion annually.

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What devices or products can be used to prevent or relieve bed sores?

The use of pressure relieving mattresses is of particular importance to individuals who may be at heightened risk for developing bed sores.  Unlike normal spring-filled mattresses, pressure relieving mattresses steadily inflate and deflate to reduce the amount of pressure and friction put on bony parts of the body prone that…

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What is ultrasound assisted wound therapy?

Ultrasound wound therapy is a relatively new method of treating bedsores.  The concept behind the use of ultrasound is that the sound waves  will separate dead tissue from the walls of the bed sore to promote healing. The effectiveness in treating bed sores with ultra sound is debated among medical…

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What is mechanical debridement of bed sores?

Mechanical debridement of bed sores involves packing the open wound with damp dressings.  When the dressing dry out they are pulled from the wound along with the (hopefully) dead tissue.  This can be a painful process due to the fact that bits of live skin may actually be removed along…

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What is chemical debridement of bed sores?

Chemical debridement of bed sores involves the use of medically-prescribed enzymes to remove dead tissue.

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What is biological debridement of bed sores?

Biological debridement of bed sores involves the use of maggots to eat the decayed tissue from the wound.  In addition to removing decayed tissue, the maggots clean harmful bacteria from the wound.  The FDA approved the use of maggots to clean bed sores in 2004.

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What is autolytic debridement of bed sores?

Autolytic debridement is the use of moist dressings to promote bodies’ own enzymes to heal bed sores.  Generally, this is considered to be a painless healing process.  This may not be a feasible method of healing individuals who are in a weakened physical state as their body is not strong…

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What is surgical debridement of bed sores?

Surgical debridement is when a surgeon uses a scalpel to remove the dead tissue, bone and fluid from the area around the bed sore. Surgical debridement of the bed sore may be accompanied by 'flap reconstruction'.  Flap reconstruction is when tissue is harvested from a healthy area of the person’s…

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