For many individuals, especially the ill, disabled and elderly, spending extended amounts of time lying or sitting in the same position is unavoidable. For those individuals who cannot move about, or hardly move at all, the potential of developing bedsores increases significantly. A bedsore (pressure sore; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer) is caused by pressure on the body, which can kill or damage skin and result in an open life-threatening wound.
Unfortunately, bedsores are an all too common occurrence in medical facility environments including assisted-living homes and nursing homes. Even though medical professionals are trained to provide quality care, many are often challenged with keeping patients bedsore free. As a result, some nursing homes are turning to outside wound care specialists for help.