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Close-up of bedsores in an elderly patient's skin

Close-up of bedsores in an elderly patient's skin

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CALIENDO, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CALIENDO, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Bedsores. Close-up of bedsores in the skin of an elderly patient. Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, are caused by extended periods of rest in one position and are common in patients who are bedridden, unconscious or immobile. Eventually the skin covering areas bearing the body's weight breaks down to form these ulcers. Regular turning, careful hygiene of common bedsore sites and barrier creams may be used to stop ulcers forming. Sheepskin, cushions and special mattresses are also good precautions. Ulcers are treated with antibiotic drugs, packing the wound with foam or surgery.

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