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Pressure Sores
American Academy of Family Physicians
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The article covers:

What are pressure sores?

Are pressure sores serious?

Who gets pressure sores?

Where on the body can you get pressure sores?

How are pressure sores treated?

What can be done to reduce pressure on the sore?

How should the pressure sore be kept clean?

Why is good nutrition important for healing sores?

What if the sore gets infected?

  • Signs of an infected pressure sore include the following:
  • Signs that the infection may have spread include the following:
How are infected pressure sores treated?

How can I tell if the sore is getting better?

How can pressure sores be prevented?

Where can I get more information?

For more information about pressure sores, contact:

AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 8547
Silver Spring, MD 20907
Phone: 800-358-9295
www.ahrq.gov

Ask for a copy of these 2 booklets:
Preventing Pressure Ulcers: A Patient's Guide (AHCPR 92-0048)  and Treating Pressure Sores: Consumer Guide (AHCPR 95-0654)