Bedsores, also known as decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers, are skin lesions caused by prolonged pressure on different areas of the body (typically seen in invalids as a result of prolonged bed rest or inactivity). Although a bedsore begins as a skin lesion, it can ameliorate to affect large and deep areas of tissue, even reaching the bone. Bedsores are a serious medical condition and, if left untreated, can be fatal.
Causes of Bedsores:
Bedsores are caused by pressure, shearing or friction forces that cut off blood circulation to parts of your body and the tissue in these areas. When blood flow is blocked there is an insufficient amount of nutrients and oxygen delivered to your cells. If this continues for extended periods of time, eventually your cells and tissue will die and a lesion can develop.
Types of Bedsores:
Bedsores are not limited to a particular area of your body. However, bedsores most commonly form over bony areas and those with cartilage (cartilaginous) like your lower back, hip, tailbone, ankles and elbows.
Who Is at Risk for Bedsores:
Bedsores are most common among individuals who remain in one position for long periods of time. People most at risk include the elderly, bed bound patients, patients with diabetes mellitus and people who are bound to wheelchairs.
About the Author
Attorney Adam Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.