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Managing Pressure Ulcers

Updated: Jul 3

Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, can develop when pressure is applied to the skin over bony prominences for an extended period, leading to tissue damage. Prevention and management of pressure ulcers are crucial for maintaining skin integrity and preventing complications.

Key strategies for managing pressure ulcers include:

  • Skin Inspection: Regularly inspecting the skin for signs of redness or irritation, particularly over areas prone to pressure ulcers.

  • Pressure Redistribution: Using supportive surfaces such as pressure-relieving mattresses or cushions to reduce pressure on vulnerable areas.

  • Regular Repositioning: Changing positions frequently to relieve pressure on specific areas of the body, especially for individuals with limited mobility.

  • Skin Care: Keeping the skin clean and moisturized to prevent dryness and reduce the risk of skin breakdown.

  • Nutritional Support: Ensuring adequate nutrition to support the body's healing process and prevent malnutrition, which can contribute to pressure ulcer development.

With proactive measures and comprehensive care, individuals can effectively manage pressure ulcers and promote skin health and integrity.

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