Who Said Nursing Care was Easy? The Prevention of Bed Sores Requires Staff to Turn & Reposition Patients on a Regular Basis

By Nursing Home Law Center

Nursing Care Not Easy

Who Said Nursing Care Was Easy? The underlying mechanics behind the development of bed sores (also called: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) is relatively simple– unrelieved pressure on the body results in restricted blood circulation and consequential lack of nutrients and oxygen to skin and tissue.

When pressure goes unrelieved for extended periods of time, tissue dies and a wound develops in the area.

Armed with a basic understanding of the mechanics behind the development of bed sores, medical professionals suggest alleviating the pressure on the body on regular intervals.

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