Bed SoresBed Sores and their Management
Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on the pressure applied, they may form gradually but can also form in a matter of hours and could display the following symptoms:
- Changes in skin color- Those with pale skin commonly have red areas, while people with darker skin tones, get purple or blue patches.
- Spots that are pigmented do not become white when pressed.
- Swelling may be present.
- The affected area may be warm, soft, spongy, or rigid to the touch.
- Pain or persistent itching in the affected area.
Pressure: When a lot of pressure is applied to an area for a short time or little pressure is applied for a prolonged duration, pressure ulcers may form.Blood flow is necessary for supplying tissues with nutrients and oxygen.
Restricted mobility: For those with restricted mobility, this type of pressure usually occurs over a bone in a region that isn’t well-padded by muscle or fat, such as the tailbone, shoulders, hip, heels of the feet, and elbows.
Constant Friction: When garments or bedding are constantly rubbed against the skin, a sore may develop.It may increase the risk of a bed sore in people with delicate skin, especially if the skin is not kept dry.
Ill-fitting wearables: Wearing garments with elastics or ill-fitting shoes may limit blood flow and may cause bed soreness.
Taking quick medical advice is recommended if any of the following is present:
- Discoloration over a particular area.
- Redness of the skin.
- Racing heart.
- Intensifying pain.
- Pus discharge from the wound.
Additional strategies for preventing bedsores and halting the progression of already present sores include:
- Shifting positions every hour , if it is not feasible for a person to do so on their own, they may need assistance from a care taker to reposition.
- Consider a specialized wheelchair. You can ease the strain on your body by tilting some wheelchairs.
- Elevate your bed as necessary. If your bed has a headrest, lift it no higher than 30 degrees. This lessens the chance of shearing.
- Regular skin inspection for early indications of pressure ulcers.
- If necessary, frequently change your clothes and bedding.