Bedsore; Decubitus ulcer
If you are bedridden or cannot move due to diabetes, circulation problems, incontinence, or mental disabilities, you should be checked for pressure sores every day. You or your caregiver need to check your body from head to toe.
Pay special attention to the areas where pressure ulcers often form. Look for reddened areas that, when pressed, do not turn white. Also look for blisters, sores, or craters. In addition, take the following steps:
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