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Bed sores, in most all cases, are preventable. Bed sores only arise after the blood supply is cut off on a specific part of the body for an extended period of time. Because bed sores only occur when the proper measures and treatments have not been followed, no one should develop a bedsore, especially a nursing home or hospital patient. In order to prevent a bed sore, the following things at a minimum should be done: 1) keep the skin in suspect areas dry and clean; 2) reposition and turn the patient frequently to prevent prolonged pressure on any one body part; and 3) use extra padding for the bed and wheelchair utilized in order to help reduce the potential for pressure build up.

There are other methods and recommendations for the prevention of bedsores as well.

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