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Area of damaged skin on the heel of a 91 year old bed-ridden female patient. The skin is blistered and blood has collected under the skin (dark area) due to damaged blood vessels. This kind of damage can be caused by extended periods of rest in one position. Eventually the skin covering areas of the body on which the weight is resting break down to form decubitus ulcers. These are common in patients who are bedridden, unconscious or immobile. 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.
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