Bedsores Causes And Frequency

The Chicago Tribune published an article on May 14, 2014, titled “Left untreated, bedsores can be lethal.”  The article discusses various aspects of bedsores (also called “pressure ulcers”as well as decubitus ulcers) including the causes of bedsores, the frequency of bedsores, and tips for bedsore prevention.

A couple of excerpts from the article include:

Pressure ulcers, commonly called bedsores, are a big problem in the United States. More than 2.5 million Americans develop pressure ulcers every year, with about 60,000 people dying each year from pressure ulcer complications.


Pressure ulcers can develop in as little as three hours as a result of sitting or lying too long in the same position, she said. Those who are bedridden are most at risk, including those in hospitals and long-term care facilities like nursing homes. The problem can occur in the home, as well.


The Journal of the American Geriatric Society estimates that an average 4-to-5 percent of patients develop pressure ulcers during a hospital stay, and the number is higher in long-term care facilities: 23 percent.

The article also lists 12 steps to take to prevent and treat bedsores.

Additional details regarding bedsores can be found in various sources, including Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the ElmanLawGroup site


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