Bedsores are common in bedridden patients who cannot move on their own. A bedsore is the breakdown of the skin or a wound over a bony surface. Ulcers develop due to reduced blood supply to the skin over a period of time, caused primarily by lying or sitting in the same position. Other causes of bedsores may include
Reducing pressure on the affected skin by selecting mattresses that reduce pressure on the skin.
Caring for the wounds with appropriate wound dressings
Preventing infection with regular dressing changes
Maintaining good nutrition
Areas prone to bedsores are back of the head, shoulder, elbow, lower back and buttocks, hip, inner knees or heels.
Bedridden patients with some upper body strength may require transfers from bed to toilet or shower chair, bed to wheelchair and vice versa. Transfer systems provide an easy way to do such transfers without much effort on the part of the caregiver.
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