January 10, 2012

Bedsore Prevention Tips

Bedsores are skin ulcers that develop in people who are bed ridden or cannot move by themselves. Areas on the skin that are under constant pressure first become red and painful, then, purple, until open sores finally break out. Since bed sores heal very slowly special care must be taken to prevent further sores from developing.

Prevention tips:
- Keep the skin clean and dry.
- Smooth out bedsheets and tuck them tightly, leaving no creases.
- Change the patient's position every two hours.
- Support bony prominences with air or water-filled cushions.
- Massage the pressure areas with lanolin at least once a day to improve blood circulation.

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