Margaret M. Doucette DO


Pressure Injuries

A pressure injury (bed sore) is caused by constant pressure. This often occurs when a person lies in bed or sits in a wheelchair for a long time. Pressure injuries usually form over bony areas such as the hips, lower back, elbows, and heels. To prevent pressure injuries, you need to change positions often. Severe…

Hyperbaric Physician

Hyperbaric physicians are medical doctors who specialize in hyperbaric medicine. They use hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy to treat conditions such as decompression illness and carbon monoxide poisoning. The word hyperbaric means making or using a higher pressure—of oxygen, for example—than is normally found in the air…

Stages of Pressure Injuries

Pressure injuries (bed sores) are an injury to the skin and underlying tissue. They can range from mild reddening of the skin to severe tissue damage-and sometimes infection-that extends into muscle and bone. Pressure injuries are described in four stages: Stage 1 sores are not open wounds. The skin may be painful, but…

Common Areas Where Pressure Injuries Develop

Pressure injuries are usually caused by unrelieved pressure on the skin. They often form on skin that covers bony areas. The most common sites are the back of the head and ears, the shoulders, the elbows, the lower back and buttocks, the hips, the inner knees, and the heels. Pressure injuries may also form in places…

Pressure Injuries

Pressure injuries develop when constant pressure on an area of skin reduces blood supply to the skin and nearby tissue. Pressure injuries can range from mild reddening of the skin (early stage) to severe tissue damage that extends through the skin and soft tissue and into the bone (late stage).