What are Bed Sores?
By Nursing Home Law Center
Bed sores are areas of skin that break down when a person stays in one position for too long without shifting their weight. This often happens if a person is wheelchair-bound or is bedridden. Bed sores can develop quickly, posing a risk for those even with short-term stays (for example, after surgery or an injury). The constant pressure against the skin reduces the blood supply to that area, and the affected tissue dies.
A bed sore starts as reddened skin but can get progressively worse, forming a blister, then an open sore, and finally a crater. An advanced bed sore can literally form a hole in the skin to expose deep tissue, ligaments and bone. The most common places for bed sores are over bony areas like the:
- Back of the head