Nurse putting a clean dressing on a bedsore

Nurse putting a clean dressing on a bedsore

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Credit: SIMON FRASER/BRAMPTON DAY HOSPITAL, CUMBRIA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Nurse putting a clean dressing on a bedsore on an elderly patient's heel. A bedsore (also called a decubitus ulcer or pressure sore) is an ulcerated area of skin caused by irritation and continuous pressure on a part of the body. Bedridden, elderly patients (especially those unconscious) are particulary vulnerable. Healing is hampered by a reduced blood supply and diligent nursing care (cleansing & repositioning) is needed to prevent local gangrene occurring.

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Keywords: bed pressure, bedsore, condition, decubitus, decubitus ulcer, disease, disorder, healthcare, medical, medicine, pressure bedsore, sore, ulcer

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