By arhospice on September 12th, 2022
If you are a caregiver for a loved one who is frequently in bed or susceptible to bed sores, here is a short guide to preventing bed sores. Read below to learn how they develop, where they are commonly found, and tips for preventing them.
Pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores, bed sores and decubitus ulcers) are serious cause for concern. A pressure ulcer is any injury to the skin caused by unrelieved pressure. Pressure ulcers can range from mildly uncomfortable to extremely painful. Even if a person doesn’t seem to be in a great deal of pain, an untreated pressure ulcer will slowly worsen. Once an ulcer becomes infected, it is much harder to treat and more likely to never heal.
Here are some facts about pressure ulcers:
How a Bed Sores Develop
Common Locations of Bed Sores
Pressure sores can form wherever a bony part of the body presses against other body parts – or a firm surface. Friction can also cause a pressure ulcer if the skin rubs against a surface repeatedly 90% are below the waist, generally on hips or buttocks.
Signs of a Bed Sore
Dark skin – The color may be deep purple, bluish, or dark brown/black
Tips for detecting a pressure sore in persons with dark skin:
Light skin – The color may start as white then darken to purple or red.
Signs and Symptoms of an Infection
Report any of the following signs to the person’s healthcare provider right away:
If a person develops a bed sore, watch closely for signs of an infection. Remember that untreated bed sores can lead to long hospitalizations, amputations, and even death.
Remember that it’s much easier, and causes a lot less pain to prevent a bed sore than it does to treat it. Contact your healthcare provider immediately when you first notice the signs of a pressure ulcer.
Tips for Preventing Bed Sores/Pressure Ulcers
Only nurses or physicians can directly treat a bed sore/pressure ulcer, however your careful attention the person’s skin can help prevent your loved one from getting dangerous bed sores.
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