bed·​sore | \ ˈbed-ˌsȯr How to pronounce bedsore (audio) \

Definition of bedsore

: an ulceration of tissue deprived of adequate blood supply by prolonged pressure

called also decubitus ulcer

— see pressure point sense 1c

Examples of bedsore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even in normal circumstances, a child with Duchenne, for instance, may have to be physically turned over by their caregivers in their beds to prevent further muscle damage or bedsores since they likely can’t do so by themselves. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The coronavirus pandemic is impacting critical research into neuromuscular diseases," 28 Apr. 2020 When nurses tucked pillows under him or subtly shifted him to prevent bedsores, his oxygen levels would crater. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "32 Days on a Ventilator: One Covid Patient’s Fight to Breathe Again," 26 Apr. 2020 Image New York’s nursing homes have long been chronically understaffed, leaving family members to fill critical gaps, from feeding their relatives to checking for bedsores or infection. John Leland, New York Times, "She’s Alone, 105 and in a Nursing Home Threatened by the Virus," 31 Mar. 2020 During that time, staff at the nursing home owned by HHC allowed a bedsore to develop on her right buttock, according to a lawsuit filed by her family. IndyStar, "16 falls. An amputated leg. An infected tailbone. Dire conditions in Indiana nursing homes.," 11 Mar. 2020 Minor procedures — changing a diaper or moving her to prevent bedsores — cause her lungs to stop working. Dallas News, "Cook Children’s describes duty of treating baby Tinslee as ‘unethical’ and ‘cruel’ in latest filing," 24 Jan. 2020 Caregivers at these facilities provide vital services for the elderly, including changing adult diapers, preventing bedsores, and dressing and bathing residents. Washington Post, "Probe: Medicaid funds still go to suspect senior care homes," 16 Dec. 2019 Stubbs was named as a defendant in six lawsuits filed between 2010 and 2015 alleging malpractice, wrongful death or negligence, including two in which the patients died after developing large and painful bedsores. Danny Robbins, ajc, "Women’s deaths raise new concerns about prison medical care," 13 Dec. 2019 The most recent national hospital ratings, released in November, were from Leapfrog Group, which grades hospitals on dozens of measures of safety, including hand hygiene, intensive care unit physician staffing, bedsores and falls. Jennifer Johnson,, "Choosing a hospital? Ratings help provide info on quality as Glenbrook, Resurrection get ‘A'; Lutheran gets 'C' from one rater, five stars from another," 10 Dec. 2019

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Bedsore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bedsore

: a sore that people get from lying in bed for a very long time when they are sick or injured


bed·​sore | \ ˈbed-ˌsō(ə)r, -ˌsȯ(ə)r How to pronounce bedsore (audio) \

Medical Definition of bedsore

: an ulceration of tissue deprived of adequate blood supply by prolonged pressure

called also decubitus, decubitus ulcer, pressure sore

— compare pressure point sense 1

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