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Bed sores due to substandard care

While not all bed sores can be prevented, standards of care have been developed in order to prevent them in most cases. Bed sores, also known as decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers or pressure sores, often occur in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities when a patient has limited or no mobility. When a patient is unable to move, due to a spinal injury, paralysis, coma, surgery or any other reason, he or she must rely on the attending staff to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to prevent bed sores from developing.

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