Definition of bedsore in English:



  • A sore developed by an invalid because of pressure caused by lying in bed in one position.

    Also called decubitus ulcer
    • ‘Apparently, he died as a result of cardiac arrest after developing a serious systemic infection from a bedsore…’
    • ‘A woman who watched her frail mother lie in agony after she developed bedsores at a private care home has vowed to help prevent elderly and immobile patients from having to endure the same pain.’
    • ‘I was astonished to see patients coming out of hospital with big infected bedsores.’
    • ‘Pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are caused by excessive or prolonged pressure on the skin.’
    • ‘When someone goes into hospital, you assume that they are getting the best care; then for him to die, not of the haemorrhage, but of the bedsore, was terrible.’
    • ‘Overseas studies have also linked nurse shortages with other impacts on patients such as medication errors, increased rates of hospital infections, increased risk of bedsores and longer post-operative recovery times.’
    • ‘Some things that help prevent bedsores include turning the patient, padding equipment, keeping skin clean and dry, using special mattresses, and making sure the patient gets enough calories.’
    • ‘He spent most of his days in bed, trying to keep himself from throwing up his medications, moving from time to time to take the pressure off his bedsores, and listening to music as he faded in and out of fevered consciousness.’
    • ‘The 33 members now have their sights set on syringe drivers to help deliver medication more easily, as well as special air mattresses to help prevent patients from getting bedsores.’
    • ‘She had bedsores and blisters, and was infected with the winter vomiting bug.’
    • ‘I suppose they move every now and then to stop bedsores.’
    • ‘She did not develop bedsores because she moved around in pain so constantly, as no position was really comfortable for her.’
    • ‘A couple of weeks ago, at the age of 52, he died of heart failure while being treated for an infected bedsore.’
    • ‘He had been treated for a bedsore, but the wound became infected.’
    • ‘The bedsore on my left buttock cheek is blistered and bleeding.’
    • ‘She was totally blind and because of lack of movement, she had developed a bedsore which had progressed into a large hole at the bottom of her spine, despite being turned by us every two hours.’
    • ‘He was in so much pain when he left that he immediately had to go into St Luke's Hospital for treatment for horrific bedsores.’
    • ‘It has controls that allow me to move it and myself into a sitting position and a special air-filled mattress attached to a pump so that I don't get bedsores from laying in one place for too long.’
    • ‘I saw her develop bedsores, and the bedsores heal just in time for another hospital admission and another set of sores to form.’
    • ‘A nurse who failed to turn a patient regularly to avoid bedsores would usually be negligent, but not if she had so refrained on the express instructions of the surgeon who had recently operated on her.’