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How common are bed sores?

If you've experienced bed sores, you're not alone. It's estimated that 1.3 - 3 million people in the United States have them. Bed sores are most common in older people, especially those in nursing homes or hospitals.

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Where on the body do pressure ulcers usually form?
Jamie McGinnJamie McGinn
Bony prominences are the most common place to develop a pressure ulcer due to lack of underlying fat...
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Can pressure ulcers be prevented?
Doreen RodoDoreen Rodo
Yes they can. It takes some work, especially if the person lacks mobility, but it can be done. Good ...
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What are bed sores?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Bed sores - also known as pressure ulcers - are damaged or injured areas of skin that occur when pro...
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How do bed sores affect the body?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Bed sores occur when pressure cuts off circulation to certain areas of skin and tissue. Because bloo...
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