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Bed Sore Prevention

Here are some practical tips on prevention:

Check the entire body every day for spots, color changes or other signs of sores. Pay particular attention to the pressure points over bony parts of the body that don’t have much padding.
If you notice a discolored area, check for discomfort, warmness and blanching (whitening) of this area by pressing and then releasing as can be a sign of skin breakdown if does not blanche.
Keep skin healthy by keeping it clean and dry. Use a mild soap and moisturizers so skin doesn't get too dry.
Change wet diapers/clothing often to avoid skin contact with acidic-nature of urine.
Reduce friction (rubbing) by lifting rather than dragging. Avoid use of donut shape cushions.
Limit raising the head of the bed above 30 degrees, as this can allow the skin to slide over the bed surface causing damage.
Avoid massaging skin over vulnerable bony areas.
Change body position at least every 2 hours and more frequently in a chair.
Place pillows under legs from mid-calf to ankle to keep heels off the bed. Do not place pillows under the knees as it can cut off circulation.
Encourage and provide diet with adequate calories, protein, vitamin C and other nutrients, as the body will be less susceptible to skin breakdown.
Reinforce adequate hydration by encouraging frequent intake of fluids throughout the day.
Control blood sugars levels for those with Diabetes.
Avoid laying directly on hip bone when lying on side. Use pillows under side so that weight rests on fleshy part of buttock instead of hip bone.
Use pillows to keep knees and ankles apart. When lying on back, place a pillow under lower calves to lift ankles slightly off the bed.
When sitting in a chair or wheelchair, sit upright and straight as this position will allow easier movement and shifting to help prevent sores.
Use pressure-reducing devices. Egg crate foam mattress pads, gel pads, sheepskin pads, wheelchair cushions, and alternating air mattresses can prevent and minimize the risk of pressure ulcers. Keep in mind that using these devices doesn’t eliminate the need to reposition.
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Turning and repositioning of patients
Incontinence / cleanliness

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