Wednesday, February 06, 2008

What a way to make a living.

From an email from my sister Em, who is generating training for a healthcare facility:
back to BEDDDDDSSOOREERRRZZZZ.
remind me to tell you something REALLY gross about bed sores.

5 comments:

  1. I don't want to remind you, but my own sense of morbid curiosity will compel me.

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  2. Oh, I'll tell you.
    One of the things that wound care nurses are trained to check for when assessing the stage of a pressure ulcer (bed sore) is crepitus. What is crepitus you ask?
    It's when an infection under the surface of the necrotic tissue covering the bed sore, becomes so advanced that when one presses on it, gas bubbles emerge. The nurse I talked to said she'd only seen it twice.
    ONLY TWICE PEOPLE.

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  3. Things like this make me wish I had a sister.

    So, did it make noise? When you pressed on it?

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  4. Madness, that's a good question, though we would have to check with a real live nurse to find out if the infection would make farty noises. Em is just the minister of information, not the nurse.

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  5. Damn. I just had to check back here for follow-up comments, didn't I?

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