Nursing: Floating Sores Away

Some hospital patients get sicker simply from lying in bed. Whatever else may be wrong with them, patients who suffer long sieges in bed or wheel chair are prone to develop bedsores, ugly and dangerous wounds that often harbor fatal infections.

Called decubitus ulcers, bedsores develop quickly when tissue dies after blood is squeezed out by body weight acting on such pressure points as the base of the spine. Flesh is opened right to the bone in oozing craters. The extra nursing care that is called for costs thousands of dollars, and insurance companies allot 25% of expenses in...

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