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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is decubitus ulcer?

Commonly known as bedsores, these are ulcers that form as a result of prolonged pressure onto the pressure points of the skin. This condition occurs in patients with protracted immobility and is common in bed bound patients. Common pressure points include the lower back and the buttocks. Patients who are malnourished are at an increased risk.

Symptoms of decubitus ulcer

  • Skin abnormality

  • Bedridden

  • Welts appear when skin is scratched or rubbed

  • Skin hardening

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for decubitus ulcer

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose decubitus ulcer

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you spend most of your time lying down as you have difficulty getting up?

  • Is your skin red in places where it is exposed to friction or irritation?

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

  • Do you have skin ulcers (sores)?

Treatment for decubitus ulcer

Regular turning and special cushions can reduce the chance of this happening in at-risk patients. Once they have occurred, they are challenging to treat. They may need special dressings and/or surgical procedures to help with wound healing. The damaged tissue/area is at risk of developing an infection and can lead to hospitalization for antibiotics. Patients sometimes require surgical procedures to help with infection treatment and healing.

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