Bed sores, also known as pressure wounds or ulcers, are caused by constant pressure or friction on skin, especially in bony areas that normally have limited circulation — or in folds of fat where moisture can accumulate.
Particularly vulnerable are bedridden patients or patients with conditions that hinder proper blood flow, including diabetes, terminal cancer and vascular disease, and any patient aged 65 and older. The very thin and the obese are at risk at any age.
You can make a difference! Thousands of lives could be saved every year just by following these simple prevention steps.
Make a difference in other ways. Take a few minutes to learn about other preventable hospital hazards and what you can do to help make sure your loved one is not a statistic.