Bed Sores can be fatal!

Bed Sores can be fatal! Bedsores are damaged skin and tissue that develop when sustained pressure usually from a bed or wheelchair cuts off blood supply to the skin on buttocks, hips and heels causing the affected tissue to die.

Causes: – Compression, friction of skin and tissues against bones

Risk Factors: – Immobility, old age, incontinence of urine, stool, poor nutrition, paralytic conditions

Prevention is the best cure!

Inspect skin twice a day, paying attention to spine, tailbone and other bony places. Clean the skin with salt-water solution. Apply moisturizer.

Redness /discoloration of skin are early indications of bedsore.

Change the patient’s position every 30 minutes when in a wheelchair and every two hours when the patient is bedridden

Ensure good nutrition with enough calories, protein

Pressure relief equipment such as air mattresses may help

Call your doctor when a sore has developed!

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