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Does repositioning prevent pressure sores ?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: "no pressure, no sore." pressure sores occur in patients who either lack sensation (e.g. Spinal cord injury patients) or the ability to reposition themselves (elderly or comatose patients). In general, repositioning should be done every 2 hours to prevent the development of pressure sores. Early sores may heal if they can be protected from pressure (e.g. Prone position.).
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: The best way to prevent pressure sores is frequent repositioning.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Does repositioning prevent pressure sores from happening?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Yes: Pressure sore are caused from excessive pressure on a specific area of body: usually develop when one is in a specific position for a long time such as in bed for days without movement.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can people on wheelchairs prevent pressure sores?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Offloading essential: Pressure sores are caused by unremitting pressure, and many wheelchair patients do not have the normal pressure-pain-offloading mechanism that non-wheelchair-bound people do. Paraplegic, elderly, or diabetic patients may also have decreased sensation that signals need to offload pressure. Special pads can minimize pressure points, but periodic offloading is essential. No magic--relieve pressure!
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do people confined to a wheelchair prevent pressure sores?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Changing position: You need to help him/her changing positions, no matter what. Avoiding sitting in one position more than 2 hours. The seat should be soft.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are ways to prevent pressure sores?

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Dr. Jeremy White
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Avoid pressure: Pressure sores occur because prolonged weight on a body part with a bony protuberance cuts off blood supply & leads to tissue death. Avoid this by alternating positions frequently when lying in bed or sitting. Certain cushions/mattresses may help too.

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