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Caregiver Skin Pressure Ulcers
Stage: - reduce or eliminate underlying contributing factors by providing pressure relief with proper positioning and support surfaces. - provide appropriate local wound care, which may include debridement for patients with necrotic tissue, based on the ulcer's characteristics. - consider adjunctive therapies, such as negative pressure wound therapy - monitor and document the patient's progress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Multifactorial: Pressure ulcers are rare, though possible in the young - as in a 10 hour back surgery. It is more common in the elderly / infirmed with issues like stroke related paralysis/paresis, cachexia, metabolic problems like diabetes and chronic illness like kidney disease. Add prolonged pressure to the above, even healthy looking tissue will breakdown and not heal properly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Duration for PUs: Pressure ulcers are due to 'enough' pressure to occlude the blood pressure of the microscopic capillaries. No one is sure how long it you must occlude these capillaries so that a pressure injury results in changes in the skin. It will vary from person to person because of multiple factors in addition to time: repeated episodes, moisture, nutrition, protein stores, ability to heal, diabetes mellitu. ...Read more
2.5 million in USA: This is an estimate and represents the number of TREATED pressure sores. The incidence is likely to be much much higher. http://www.uptodate.com/contents/epidemiology-pathogenesis-and-risk-assessment-of-pressure-ulcers?source=outline_link&view=text&anchor=H2#H2For a good summary: ...Read more
How much pro-stat® away aday should I give my lady she is 93years old she has a small pressure ulcers on her bottom .....?
Pressure relief: Is what is needed in addition to good nutrition. Prostat is a protein drink (good) that may help poor nutrition, but will not do anything to relieve pressure. She needs better padding, periodic offloading, and good wound care to prevent a small ulcer from becoming a much bigger problem. This may be partially failure to heal, but usually is a failure to reduce pressure on bony areas adequatelely. ...Read more
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