Pressure ulcers can happen in every setting. Almost 1/5th of pressure ulcers develop at home. For those who are confined to bed or to a chair for more than one week, the incidence rises. Proper medical attention, nutrition, care and therapeutic medical equipment is essential. Knowledge is one of the most important factors.
Pressure ulcers are not only painful and very difficult to treat but they can be fatal. "Pressure ulceration in elderly patients is associated with a fivefold increase in mortality" (nih.gov).
Preventing bed sores at home is key!
Treating pressure ulcers at home involves:
- Reducing pressure on the affected skin
- Caring for the wounds
- Controlling pain
- Preventing infection
- Maintaining good nutrition
This article will address reducing pressure to prevent pressure ulcers.Read More
Posted By Jeff Adise