Q. Is a pressure ulcer the same as a bed sore?

The term bed sore was frequently used in the 18th-20th centuries to describe pressure ulcers. European clinicians are reported to have used the term decubitus (decubiti) from c1747. Decubitus is a Latin word which means a person placed in a reclining position.

In recent times the term Pressure Ulcer has been adopted by organisations such as the National Institute for Healthcare and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), as it was felt to be more accurate and more descriptive than phrases such as bedsores, pressure sores and decubitus (Bryant & Nix 2014).