Frequent movement is just one way to prevent pressure ulcers.
They are often seen as little more than an annoyance, but for many non-medical personnel, bedsores – or as they’re known technically, pressure ulcers – are a huge issue in the wound care community. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, bedsores cost between $9.1 and $11.6 billion in the U.S. each year. Not only that, but these painful sores contribute to thousands of patient deaths every year, per figures from Harvard Medical School. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these painful wounds, and doing so can save patients a lot of time, money and physical pain.
Debridement refers to the removal of dead tissue or debris.
In a previous post, we detailed a number of wound care terms that are important for patients to better understand. Learning these concepts, and even how to use them in the proper context, means that patients take a more hands-on approach to their healing regimen. To further your wound healing know-how, here are eight more terms worth remembering:
Wound dressings come in many different kinds of categories.
There are a number of different experiences or events that lead to an equally plentiful amount of wound types. More than just how the injury occurred, doctors utilize different treatment protocols for addressing a post-surgical incision versus a low-level burn. As a result, a multitude of dressing options have been developed that caregivers routinely employ. Understanding the specific need for each unique kind of dressing lends patients a better understanding of just what goes into effective wound care management:
Untreated chronic wounds can limit mobility and lower quality of life.
Lower extremity ulcers affect many adults with poor circulation. While they’re fairly common, the healing process can be difficult. Even once they’re healed, they have a high recurrence rate. They take a lot of care and frequently become infected and grow, causing pain and limiting mobility. Leg ulcers rarely heal on their own, so ongoing medical treatment from a clinician might be required. Despite the complications so often associated with chronic wound healing, quality of life doesn’t have to be affected.
Prevent bedsores to keep people you are caring for happy and comfortable.
If you care for someone who is at high risk for pressure ulcers or bedsores, or perhaps someone who has already experienced them, you know it’s important to work on preventing these wounds. They can be painful and invite complications, so it’s vital to work on making sure your loved one doesn’t get them in the first place. While wound healing and proper wound care can make pressure ulcers less damaging, it’s still much easier to prevent them.