Posted by Bresette Aleron on Wednesday, 12 February, 2020 21:30:47
Bed sores are produced when continuous pressure on the skin is excessive due friction, for example, in people who have to spend long periods of time in bed in the same position. A bed sore can occur in any part of the body, but because the patient is generally leaning on his or her back, glutes, shoulders and head, these are the part that are usually affected.
Left untreated, the skin may break open and become infected. Moist skin is more sensitive to tissue ischemia and necrosis, and is also more likely to get infected. Shear is a separate mechanism of tissue damage that results in ripping of deeper tissue layers, and it may not immediately cause a visible change in skin condition.
Pressure sores can occur in people of any age who are confined to bed or a chair, or unable to reposition themselves. They occur where there is pressure on the skin from a bed, wheelchair, cast, splint, poorly fitting artificial (prosthetic) device, or other object.
A break in the skin is a wound, an injury or damage, usually restricted to those caused by physical means with disruption of normal continuity of structures.
Bed sore; break in continuity of skin: DECUBITUS ULCER: Chronic recurrent dermatosis with silvery gray scales covering red patches in skin: PSORIASIS: A dermatomycosis: TINEA: White patches on a mucous membrane of tongue or cheek: LEUKOPLAKIA: Connective tissue in the skin hardens: SCLERODERMA: Layers of growth are removed and examined microscopically:
Lying on a certain part of your body for long periods may cause your skin to break down. The areas around the hips, heels, and tailbone are especially vulnerable to pressure sores.