Pressure sores (also known as bedsores and pressure ulcers) can occur where a person is immobile and their skin has been in contact with a bed for a long period of time. They are caused by the pressure from the weight of your body pressing down on your skin.
Plaster sores can also form where an incorrectly placed plaster is put on after a fracture and the plaster casts are applied incorrectly. There is a greater risk of plaster sores forming when a patient is elderly, ill, immobile or diabetic and their skin is in poor condition.
Pressure sores can be very serious. They can take a long time to heal and be very painful. They can greatly limit a patient’s ability to walk or move and can be very painful.
All hospital and care professional should check patient’s skin regularly to look for any signs of a pressure sore or ulcer. They have a duty of care to ensure that they prevent them occurring.
If left untreated pressure sores can become infected, with the infection spreading to a patient’s blood. Some of the complications associated with serious pressure sores include:
- Blood poisoning or sepsis
- Damage or loss of muscle or bone
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