Frequent transfers in and out of a wheelchair can be pressure sore risk factors.
Pressure sores are a type of wound that is uncommon to experience if you are in good overall health. However, if you have certain conditions or lifestyle factors, your risk may be much greater. If you are part of a population prone to pressure sores, talk to your medical professional about preventing them or about best wound care practices to help them heal.
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.