Pressure ulcers, also known as decubitus ulcers or bedsores are a major problem in people who are confined to wheelchairs or remain in bed for a long time and sometimes occur after major operations. This is a potentially dangerous situation for the patient’s life and requires prompt and careful attention. Pressure sores are mainly located in the coccyx region, the trochanter, the ischial tuberosity and the heels.
The first step in pressures ulcer management is meticulous debridement which is a necessary condition for wound healing. Daily wound care is important but sometimes surgery is the final solution provided that the patient’s general condition permits.
How long does it take for a pressure ulcer to heal?
The healing process varies and depends on many factors such as the depth and size of the wound, the presence of infection, the general condition and nutrition level of the patient, other diseases etc. In general terms, healing is faster in young and healthy individuals with only temporary mobility problems.
Do bedsores recur often?
Recurrence of pressure sores is a common condition in patients with permanent mobility problems. Prevention is the best cure and is usually achieved through simple measures as the use of special substrates, frequent change of position of the patient, balanced diet etc.