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

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Regulators and patient advocates blame much of the problem on lack of sufficient staffing to monitor everything from falls to bedsores and infections that can develop into sepsis, putting a patient’s life in danger. Joe Mahr,, "Understaffed nursing homes face hefty fines under newly passed Illinois legislation," 4 June 2019 Massachusetts patients suffered 14,369 pressure ulcers — typically bedsores — and 4,625 post-operation infections that year. Liz Kowalczyk,, "Medical errors prevalent and costly, new survey of Massachusetts residents shows," 10 June 2019 But even with a private nurse, my father soon developed bedsores, and then suffered the agony of an orchiectomy to remove gangrenous testicles. Lynn Freed, Harper's magazine, "We Were So Happy Then," 10 Mar. 2019 The suit also alleged Balin suffered from bedsores and kidney damage as well. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin sues hospital, claiming he lost part of his tongue after botched tracheotomy," 18 Aug. 2018 Essential medical tasks such as repositioning a patient to avert bedsores can be overlooked when workers are overburdened, sometimes leading to avoidable hospitalizations. Jordan Rau, New York Times, "‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years," 7 July 2018 The elderly woman had a bedsore on her knee that exposed a surgical screw from an old operation, Gates said. George Houde,, "Mount Prospect woman charged with neglect of elderly relative found with infested bedsores," 14 June 2018 For example, high rates of falls or bedsores may indicate neglect. Donovan Slack, Usa Today, And Andrea Estes, USA TODAY, "Secret data: Most VA nursing homes have more residents with bed sores, pain, than private facilities," 25 June 2018 For example, high rates of falls or bedsores may indicate neglect., "Pain, bed sores more common at most VA nursing homes than private facilities, data show," 25 June 2018

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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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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