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Doctor insights on: How Long Will It Take For A Bed Sores To Heal Up With A Wound Vac

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My dads wound vac just started beeping after being on for 5 days w/out noise. Should I be concerned? Is there a volume button to turn it down?

My dads wound vac just started beeping after being on for 5 days w/out noise. Should I be concerned? Is there a volume button to turn it down?

Error beeping: So there are a few possibilities. The battery is getting low and needs to be plugged in, the wound vac has lost its seal and is no longer functioning or the wound vac reservoir is full and the cannister needs to be exchanged. ...Read more

Bed Sore (Definition)

A bed sore is an injury to the skin, and tissues beneath the skin, caused by pressure. They can range from a stage one pressure sore (tender, red and does not blanch) to stage four (an open wound extending down to the bone). Early stage pressure sores can respond to off-loading, while deep ulcers require debridement, dressing ...Read more


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How long does a bed sore on the hip take to heal?

How long does a bed sore on the hip take to heal?

Depends: IT may take a long time depending on the depth, severity, infection, an patients other medical problems and of course why they have the bed sore. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get bed sores just from sitting for a long period of time?

Is it possible to get bed sores just from sitting for a long period of time?

Yes: Bed sores are caused by remaining in one position for a prolonged period of time while putting increased pressure on the skin in a given area of the body. That's why it is essential for someone who is bed bound to be moved to change position at regular intervals. ...Read more

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What can cause bed sores and pressure wounds on the penis?

What can cause bed sores and pressure wounds on the penis?

Pressure: Continuous pressure over a certain threshold on a focused area over 2 hours will cause tissue damage, if the pressure is not relieved it can cause irreversible tissue damage. That specific area is hard to compress continuously because of its anatomical area, unless someone is lying on their belly all the time. Other blood supply or infectious causes should be r/o. Talk to a urologist or derm. ...Read more

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I have had an open hernia surgical site for 51/2 months that will heal and I have been going to a wound clinic for a month. Is a wound vac an opition?

I have had an open hernia surgical site for 51/2 months that will heal and I have been going to a wound clinic for a month. Is a wound vac an opition?

Not sure: I have used the vac for years now to assist in the healing of wounds. You need to make sure there is no foreign body in the wound that is prohibiting the wound to heal. May need a culture to make sure there is no infection. Sounds like the wound shld have healed by now. ...Read more

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Can bed sores be prevented?

Can bed sores be prevented?

Yes: Frequent turning, good nutrition, dry skin, and elimination of sheer force can be preventative. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of bed sores?

How can you get rid of bed sores?

Bed sores: Bed sores are due to pressure injuries to the skin. There are two sides to the equation: the length and type of pressure on the one side; and the vulnerability of the skin on the other (moisture, edema, arterial disease, prior disease, etc.). The types of pressure injuries include friction, shearing, and pressure. You must work both sides of the equation to get rid of the bed sores. ...Read more

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How to treat pressure "bed sores"?

How to treat pressure "bed sores"?

Remove risk factors: Bed sores or pressure ulcers/wounds are caused by ischemia (lack of blood flow). Pay attention to how often you move or shift in place even in a comfortable chair. That's to avoid excess pressure & lack of flow in key areas such as bony prominences. Best way to treat is therefore to remove risk factor, eg immobility: change position frequently. Clean wound (enzymatic or mechanically). Eat protein. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for bed sores?

What is the best treatment for bed sores?

Bedsores: Bedsores are due to pressure over bony prominences. The best way to prevent bedsores, once they occur, is to keep pressure of these areas. That means that you need to constantly move the person into different positions to relieve the pressure. Seeking professional help like with a wound center is a great option since depending on the depth, stage and location of the uler, your options will differ. ...Read more

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How do I cure pressure sores aka "bed sores"?

How do I cure pressure sores aka "bed sores"?

Bedsores: Bedsores are due to pressure over bony prominences. The best way to prevent bedsores, once they occur, is to keep pressure of these areas. That means that you need to constantly move the person into different positions to relieve the pressure. Seeking professional help like with a wound center is a great option since depending on the depth, stage and location of the uler, your options will differ. ...Read more

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How are pressure sores aka bed sores treated?

Getting the pt up: It is from lying on one spot too much. Anything to mobilize the patient or make them turn over periodically would help. ...Read more

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How do you prevent bed sores with someone who's elderly?

How do you prevent bed sores with someone who's elderly?

Change position…: …frequently to prevent pressure buildup on any one area (sacrum, back, buttocks, hips). If ambulatory, movement improves circulation. Special beds/mattresses are available to help reduce pressure on susceptible areas. Good nutrition maintain strength & muscle & protein. Regular doc checks (or wound care nurse) for prevention. Control diabetes, htn, circulatory problems. ...Read more

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What is the best mattress/cushion for preventing bed sores?

What is the best mattress/cushion for preventing bed sores?

No pressure, no sore: Is the general rule. People with normal sensation and mobility never stay in one position for too long. Pressure over a bony prominence can cause skin injury in as little as two hours. That is why debilitated patients and those with spinal cord injuries are placed on pressure-relieving mattresses, turned and repositioned frequently and checked for the presence of early pressure sores frequently. ...Read more

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How can you prevent someone who's paralyzed from getting bed sores?

Cause and effect: Bedsores are caused by pressure that damages the tissues. Unless you can float, pressure relief is impossible. The keys are to spread the pressure out over larger areas so bony prominences do not take the brunt. Frequent position changes reduce time the pressure has a chance to damage the tissues. Good nutrition, keeping the skin moist and healthy, keeping bony areas away from themselves helps. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to cure bed sores is bactigrass (tulla grass)?

Won't work: There's no medicine to cure bed sores (aka pressure sores). Only relief of the pressure that caused the sore in the first place and then some very labor intensive dressing and/or surgical care, nutritional care and overall medical care. ...Read more

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How do bed sores formed and is it related to external pressure to the skin?

How do bed sores formed and is it related to external pressure to the skin?

Yes it is pressure: Bed sores form when an area of skin, usually over a bony prominence, remains under pressure for an extended period of time. This happens in bed bound people, paraplegics and quadriplegics. Therefore frequent positional changes help to prevent these ulcers. ...Read more

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What should I look for in a mattress to prevent bed sores & pressure points?

Mattress not crucial: Mattress is not crucial, as long as it's not too hard. It might be better if mattress is compatible with person's body shape.
More important is to turn body around (changing position) every two hours, avoiding any specific (body) spots being against any object/hard substance for too long. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat bed sores on a person's back who is paralyzed and weak?

Remove pressure: Bed sores (the technical name is decubitus ulcers) are caused by constant pressure due to prolonged bed rest. They are treated by removing the pressure - get the person out of bed as much as possible. If that cannot be done, see that the person is turned from side to side several times per day. An "egg crate" foam rubber pad should also be installed on top of the mattress. ...Read more

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Why is it effective to in preventing bed sores the rotation of patients every 2 hours?

Reduces pressure: The rotation relieves pressure and allows blood to circulate to the areas that had been deprived of blood flow. ...Read more

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How do I help prevent bed sores in someone with a neurological disorder?

How do I help prevent bed sores in someone with a neurological disorder?

No pressure no sore: That sounds simple, I know that it is not. Avoidance of pressure sores requires constant vigilance on the part of caregivers for patients with spinal cord injuries or neurological disorders. A good rule of thumb is to avoid pressure on any one skin area for more than two hours. If contractures are a problem, they need to be addressed. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does a person have to lie in bed for before getting a bed sore?

How long does a person have to lie in bed for before getting a bed sore?

4 hours or less: Studies have shown that laying in bed for as little as four hours on a bony area can lead to a full thickness pressure sore to the bone. Things like pressure relief mattresses can buy some extra time but the is no substitute for getting up and moving around. ...Read more

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My father has been on the floor for 6 months. We saw maggots im assuming from bed sores. He refuses to go to the hospital... What is that and what c?

Serious: I would find out why he refuses, and encourage him to get help needed to keep things from getting worse. He has a right to refuse unless he is suicidal, but usually people refuse based on fear that can be addressed. If you have trouble convincing him, ask a professional to help talk to him. Maggots feed off of dead tissue, which is often life threatening. ...Read more

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How do I get my mother to move more to prevent bed sores?

How do I get my mother to move more to prevent bed sores?

Get pulleys: Consult with a physical therapist about a device she can have in her bed to help her turn or seat, otherwise somebody else have to move her q 2 hours. Wear pillows between legs, also protect heels with heel pads wrapped, wear elastic support stockings to prevent swelling and clots in the legs. Provide all sorts of help to walk: walkers. Explain it is critical to keep moving. Decubitus sores kill. ...Read more

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What can I do to get my bed sores to go away?

What can I do to get my bed sores to go away?

Prevention; docs: See pcp/wound care specialist to remove dead tissue & treat wounds so they heal. Also need nutritional guidance for proper wound healing. Ideally, also need bed that minimizes pressure on susceptible areas—tailbone, side of leg over hip bone, back. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the topical ointment Emuaid, specifically its effectiveness in treating bed sores?

What can you tell me about the topical ointment Emuaid, specifically its effectiveness in treating bed sores?

Emuaid: Emuaid may help. There have been no double blinded randomized controlled studies on the formulation in Emuaid exactly, but many patient have been helped. See [email protected] Com for more information. It may help with bed sores but check with your MD if it is an open wound as stronger antibiotic may be needed. ...Read more

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Can bed sores be fatal?

Bedsores fatal: Bedsores (pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers) can get very large, go to deeper structures, or can be so numberous that they at the very least be associated with a terminal process for a patient. Remember, the skin is the largest organ of the body; it is the most visible one also. Equating cause of death with the effects of the dying process can be a difficult matter. ...Read more

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Wounds (Definition)

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