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Preventing Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers)

Preventing Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers)

What is a Bedsore?

Bedsores aren’t only caused by lying in bed. And they are not necessarily a sign of neglect or poor medical or home care. Bedsores, which are also called pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers or pressure sores, are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue. They are caused by any kind of prolonged pressure on a particular area of the body. People with spinal cord injuries (SCI) are especially prone to them. Research studies estimate that two-thirds of people with spinal cord injuries develop bedsores at some point.

The reason? People with SCI can’t change positions easily, and they don’t feel the discomfort that signals that their body needs to change position, so they stay in one position too long, causing damage to the skin.

It’s important to know that bedsores are a serious medical condition that can develop quickly and turn into life-threatening infections if not treated.

What do people with spinal cord injuries have to say about their own experience with bedsores? Take a look:

What is a Bedsore?
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