Where on the body are bedsores most likely to develop?

Stage 2 BedsoreBedsores develop due to constant pressure and lack of circulation. For this reason, the most common areas for a bedsore to develop are “bony” areas that bear a patient’s weight when the patient is lying in bed or sitting in a wheelchair. These areas include:

  • Lower back or tailbone
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Heels
  • Back of the head and ears
  • Elbows

Because many of these areas are often covered by a nightgown or adult incontinence brief, they are not usually visible to visitors. For this reason, many family members are shocked when they learn – often too late – that their loved one has developed a stage 3 or stage 4 bedsore at a hospital or nursing facility.

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What can I do to prevent this from happening?

When is a bedsore the result of neglectful care?

What can I do if I think my loved one developed a pressure sore because of neglect?

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