Cyber Week Sale - 15% Off*, Code: HPCW23

Day
:
:
Online since 2002 |   866-316-0162

Articles and News

Prevention of Bedsores: A Complete Guide

Prevention of Bedsores: A Complete Guide
Hunaid Germanwala

Article Reviewed by Registered Colorectal NurseReviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse, on August 20, 2022

Introduction     |     Prevention     |     Treatment

What are Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers)?

Also known as pressure ulcers, bedsores are injuries that affect the skin as well as the layers underneath. Bedsores occur in patients who are bedridden for a long period or suffer prolonged pressure over an area of skin for a stretch of time. When the body doesn’t get any movement, it can hinder adequate blood flow to the skin, depriving it of nutrients and oxygen. For the most part, bedsores form on areas of the skin that contain little muscle and fat, such as shoulder blades, ankles, elbows, hips, heels, and the sacrum (tailbone), but they can also occur in numerous other areas as well.

The bedsores begin as a reddish or dark discoloration of the affected skin. This phase is called Stage I. As the bedsore progresses without detection and treatment to stages II, III, and IV, there may be deeper involvement, including muscles, bones, and joints as well. Where bedsores develop and how severe they become largely depends on the position of the individual, the amount of pressure being applied, and the length of time for which the position has been maintained.

Bedsores not only cause pain and discomfort but may lead to infections like meningitis, cellulitis, and endocarditis. Bedsore prevention and treatment can be complicated by the presence of other long-term disorders like diabetes, heart failure, and malnutrition, to name a few. Treatment of bedsores thus needs the care of these underlying conditions.

How to Prevent Bed Sores? - Top Bed Sores Prevention Products

 

bed sores prevention

 

Bedsores may be prevented by regular vigilance and awareness. Some steps in the prevention of pressure ulcers include:

1. Continuous Movements

Continuous movement and changing positions frequently relieve the pressure on skin areas that are vulnerable to bedsores. It is a good idea to reposition your body at least every couple of hours if you are bedridden. A patient with bedsores is made to lie in such a way that there is no pressure on the injury to prevent its worsening. Correct sitting and lying positions, good posture, foot support, and the use of daily aid products to prevent bed sores can reduce the occurrence of pressure injuries as well as complications from them.

 

2. Mattresses and Cushions

People who are bed-bound or who spend a considerable amount of time in bed are at the highest risk of developing bedsores. Conventional bed traps the body heat and moisture causing skin breakdown and rashes, leading to bedsores. Bedsore treatment and prevention lie in using the therapeutic low-air loss mattress system.
A low air loss mattress has tiny laser-made air holes in its top surface which continually blow out air causing the patient to float. This reduces skin interface pressure at the mattress surface. As a result, moisture is wicked away and the patient stays dry. This is an excellent therapeutic environment for the prevention and treatment of stages 1 to 4 pressure ulcers. The alternating air pressure mattress pulsates and oscillates from time to time to redistribute pressure.

 

Another effective way to prevent bedsores is to put pillows and seat cushions between parts of your body that press against each other. If you are lying on your side, it is better to put the pillow between your knees and ankles.

 

3. Regular Skin Care

Regular skin care and inspection prevent bedsore development. Some tell-tale signs of bedsores include red patches of skin that do not fade, blisters, or damage to the skin. Keep your skin clean and dry, use skin cleansers that are non-drying, apply a water-based moisturizer daily, and use bed sore cream to prevent bedsores. Be careful of bony areas, and don’t rub or massage them. Ask a caregiver or medical professional for help if you need it. Particularly, keep the genital area and skin folds clean and dry.

 

4. Use Heel and Elbow Protectors

Heel pillows and elbow protectors help prevent skin breakdown and bedsores in people who must spend long periods of time in bed. Heel pillows help protect heels and ankles from skin irritation and friction burns. These bedsore prevention products are filled with polyester fiber, covered with cotton fabric, and have a padded adjustable strap with a hook and loop fastener for quick and easy application. It is advisable to remove them at least every two hours to check for skin integrity, proper circulation, and range of motion.

 

5. Diet and Exercise

Exercising is a great way to prevent bedsores. Exercise increases the heart rate and results in increased blood circulation. When nutrient-filled, oxygenated blood reaches every part of the body, it reduces the chances of the development of bedsores. It is possible for bedridden patients to perform a few range-of-motion exercises to reduce the risk of bedsores. For example, arm lifts and leg rotations. Patients at risk of developing bedsores are advised to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Stop smoking and avoid alcohol use. Include vitamin supplements if there is a deficiency.

 

How to Treat Bed Sores? - Top Bedsore Treatment Products

Once the pressure has been removed, early-stage bedsores usually heal by themselves. Later-stage bedsores are, however, difficult to treat. Pressure ulcer treatment is aimed to prevent infection and protect the affected area. To treat bedsores, hydrocolloid dressings, hydrogel dressings, and foam dressings are recommended. Patients who have developed infections require antibiotics and special anti-bacterial dressings to kill bacteria and promote healing. DuoDERM hydrocolloid bandages can be used to treat bedsores of all stages. They possess the moisture-retention ability to absorb seepage from the injury or wound and protect the wound from bacteria-reducing infection. These bedsore treatment products are designed to speed up the process of wound healing by providing a moist environment to the affected area. DuoDERM dressings successfully block oxygen, bacteria, and water vapor from permeating the bandage. They don't stick to the wound and can be easily removed without injuring the skin underneath. These bedsore products can normally remain in place for between 3 to 7 days. DuoDERM dressings should only be applied on bedsores that are not infected.

 

Other Pressure Ulcer Dressings

 

If left untreated, later-stage bedsores can be life-threatening. They can result in severe bone infections, blood poisoning, sepsis, and considerable pain. Deep bedsores often require surgical treatment to remove dead and decaying tissue (debridement). Consult your doctor or physical therapist immediately if the bedsore worsens or shows no sign of healing. With the appropriate preventive measures and pressure sore treatment, patients can significantly reduce the risk of developing bedsores.

Where to buy Bedsores Treatment Products online?

Health Products For You is your one-stop shop for all the medical supplies needed to keep you healthy and happy. Get all pressure sore treatment products at the best prices available from top-selling manufacturers. Shop and avail of exclusive discounts on every purchase you make. Grab everything at prices like never before. Place your order today!

 

Disclaimer: All content found on our website, including images, videos, infographics, and text was created solely for informational purposes. Our content should never be used for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Content shared on our websites is not meant to be used as a substitute for advice from a certified medical professional. Reliance on the information provided on our website as a basis for patient treatment is solely at your own risk. We urge all our customers to always consult a physician or a certified medical professional before trying or using a new medical product.

 


HPFY Hunaid Germanwala

Hunaid Germanwala

LinkedIn Profile LinkedIn Profile

 

Hunaid Germanwala is digital marketer and content creator at Health Products For You since 2014. He has an MS from Ulm University in ...

Continue reading

Trending Articles

Enteral Feeding: The What, When, and How

Shweta Chaubey

When traditional oral intake is not feasible, enteral feeding comes into play. It supports nutritional needs of individuals recovering from an injury or surgery. Dive into this informative article and learn what, when, why, and how of enteral feeding and ensure optimal patient care.

Using the Carpal Solution Carpal Tunnel Wrist Support

Kevin Cleary

Looking for a non-invasive option to manage carpal tunnel symptoms? Experience relief from constant tingling and pain with this Carpal Solution Wrist Support. Read this article to know about the unique features and benefits of this wrist support brace designed to deal with CTS and find why it is one of the most reliable wrist braces available on the market.

Top 5 Best Reviewed Nebulizers of 2023

Kevin Cleary

Need an effective and affordable nebulizer? Look no further, in this article we offer 5 of our best reviewed nebulizers that are loved by our customers. Click to read more and find the perfect nebulizer for all your respiratory needs.

10 Best Overnight Adult Diapers

Shweta Chaubey

Worried about nighttime leaks? Say goodbye to leakage with our ten best overnight adult diapers and wake up refreshed and dry.

Five Best Cervical Traction Devices of 2023

Taikhum Sadiq

Neck pain can wreak havoc on your otherwise healthy life. Traction device improves your cervical health and overall well-being. Read more to find our best cervical traction devices designed to curb the stiffness and discomfort of cervical muscles.