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PRESSURE SOREs AND GANGRENE
A pressure sore (also commonly referred to as a �pressure ulcer�, �bedsore�, �decubitus ulcer�, or �dermal ulcer�) is by-and-large preventable if appropriate measures are taken by the health care provider. Tragically, too many victims who are vulnerable to the development of pressure sores are not capable of complaining of the discomfort or pain they are enduring, or of taking measures of their own to eliminate the factors leading to the development of the pressure sores. Unless health care providers are held accountable for this form of silent neglect, it is difficult to see how the disturbing rate of preventable pressure sores, especially in the elderly, will ever be eliminated.
A pressure sore is defined as a localized area of tissue injury that develops when soft tissue is compressed between a bony prominence and an external surface for a prolonged period of time. The external surface may be a mattress, a chair or wheelchair, or even other parts of the body. The use of the term �bed sore� is somewhat misleading, because some of the most severe pressure sores can also result from sitting for a prolonged period of time.
In some cases, the sore may involve the death and decay of tissue, known as "gangrene." Once the tissue dies, bacteria may infect the tissue causing decay.
Pressure sores can
be a very serious problem, leading to significant pain, extended
hospital or nursing home stays, and prolonged recovery periods from
other health problems.