Exercise can help reduce the risk of pressure ulcers in bedridden patients.
Pressure sores are more common in bedridden patients and can lead to extreme discomfort. These ulcers may also cause infections like meningitis, cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis, according to HealthLink BC. In addition to cleaning the skin daily and eating a healthy diet, exercise is important in preventing pressure sores. Physical activity increases blood flow to the skin, which can keep bed sores from developing. While you won’t be able to do anything too strenuous, there are several exercises you can do in your bed.
A new electrified bandage could help detect pressure sores.
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, affect many bedridden patients and can lead to several complications, including cellulitis, sepsis, cancer and bone and joint infections, according to the Mayo Clinic. What if there was a way to detect these sores before they even occur? That’s exactly what researchers at the University of California, Berkley are trying to do. According to the Toronto Star, these scientists will soon test electrified, adhesive film on humans to see if it can detect bedsores or not.
Incontinence can increase the risk of pressure ulcers.
Since incontinence can lead to moist skin, it increases the risk of pressure ulcers, according to NHS Choices. If you care for someone who is incontinent, it is important to check his or her skin regularly for these sores. There are several steps you can take to help prevent pressure ulcers in incontinent patients.
Bed sores are more common in bedridden patients.
Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, develop when there is too much pressure on the skin. This condition is more common in bedridden patients. These sores not only cause pain and discomfort, but may lead to infections, like meningitis, cellulitis and endocarditis, according to HealthLink BC. The shoulder blades, tailbone, elbows, heels and hips are the most common sites for bed sores because these areas contain little muscle and fat.
The American College of Physicians released new suggestions for pressure ulcer care and prevention for long-term patients.
The medical community continued to become increasingly informed about wound healing and prevention, particularly when it comes to pressure ulcers. These wounds occur when there is a breakdown of the skin caused by pressing or rubbing, typically the effect of immobility and being bedridden. Pressure ulcers are generally slow to heal and have a high risk of wound infection, making prevention and quick treatment very important. For this reason, the American College of Physicians has released updated guidelines for the proper care and prevention techniques for pressure ulcers.