University of Southern California Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Smaller text Bigger text Print this page
Home USC Rancho USC/Rancho Pressure Ulcer Prevention Project USC/Rancho Pressure Ulcer Prevention Project
About the Project People In depth
Home | Articles |

What Your Doctor Will Do

What Will Your Doctor Do for Pressure Ulcers? Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 If You Use the Internet... Show All Read in more detail about this subject

What Your Doctor Will Do

Surgeon about to operate

What your doctor does for a pressure ulcer depends on where it is and how serious it is

How do doctors, therapists and nurses know what to do? They learn things in school. Then they get experience from years of treating patients. They also follow guidelines. Guidelines tell what experts know about an illness. Guidelines have the newest information. Experience is mixed with what is in the guidelines.

There are many choices of treatment for an illness. The health care professional makes the best choice for their patient.

The same is true for pressure ulcers (which is what a doctor or nurse calls pressure sores or bedsores). The doctor thinks about lots of things to decide what to do. The doctor thinks about:

  • How bad the pressure ulcer is.
  • Where it is.
  • How big it is.
  • Are there other problems at the same time?
  • How that pressure ulcer happened.
  • How to stop more pressure ulcers from happening.

Then the doctor decides what to do.

How do therapists decide what to do? What about nurses? What about other people who give health care? They follow the same steps.