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How can I not feel guilty after my mom developed a bed sore with my caregiving?

How can I not feel guilty after my mom developed a bed sore with my caregiving?

Learn: My best advice is to engage the help of a rehab nurse. They can teach you the best ways to decrease the pressure on vulnerable areas of the body which are typically the back of the head, the shoulder blades, the sacral area and the heals. These are all the parts that are closest to the bone. Learn about turning schedules and special beds that decrease pressure sores. Learn how to prevent them. ...Read more

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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 can I not feel guilty with my mom developing health complications from my caregiving?

How can I not feel guilty with my mom developing health complications from my caregiving?

Let the guilt go.: It is important to realize that there may be no connection between your mom developing health complications and your caregiving. And if there is a connection there, can you define how your caregiving causes her health complications? Basically, notice your guilt, and just allow it to be there as a feeling, and just a feeling. And then relax, and begin to let it melt away. ...Read more

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What can I do about a really bad bed sore?

What can I do about a really bad bed sore?

Relieve the pressure: The first step towards treating bedsore or any medical condition is the stop the cause. A bed sore results from pressure so get pressure off the sore by using a different position or pads/pillows. Protective ointments, good nutrition, no smoking and diabetes control also help. If you don't start healing or if there are signs of infection, seek medical/surgical treatment immediately. ...Read more

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Is airbed recommanded for bed sore patient if uncomfortable?

Is airbed recommanded for bed sore patient if uncomfortable?

Air mattress: Patients who have decubitus ulcers can benefit from low air loss, dolphin or clinitron beds which can reduce the applied pressure on the wound and help in the healing process. ...Read more

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What is a good medication for 'bed-sore' of an 80 yr old patient?

What is a good medication for 'bed-sore' of an 80 yr old patient?

None: There are no medications for bedsores. Wound care and avoiding pressure to the area are the best options. Wound care may include removal of dead tissue and the use of a vac dressing to promote healing. On occasion large sore may require a surgical flap to get the wound to heal. Adequate nutrition is essential to get wound healing. The best treatment is really prevention. ...Read more

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Protein needs, renal disease and bed sore, not on dialysis?

Protein needs, renal disease and bed sore, not on dialysis?

Any open: Wounds require a lot of additional protein to heal. Need to keep a close eye on renal function. ...Read more

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What's the best way to deal 3rd degree bed sore?

What's the best way to deal 3rd degree bed sore?

Surg cleanse & care: Wound care with debridement of necrotic tissue as well as wounds care with adequate nutrition, minimizing soiling, pressure relief and a clean moist hydro active environment have been shown to be important. ...Read more

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What are the different stages of bed sore development?

What are the different stages of bed sore development?

Stages Pressure Sore: There are six stages of pressure injury. I refer you to www. Npuap. Org. There are stages I to iv, unable to stage and deep tissue injury. The stages are not necessarily progressive especially with those wounds associated with deep tissue injury. ...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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Is there a quick and efficient way to safely and comfortably heal a bed sore on the butt?

Is there a quick and efficient way to safely and comfortably heal a bed sore on the butt?

Ulcers heal slowly.: No, bed sores or pressure ulcers as they are called are caused by unrelenting pressure on skin and underlying tissues from the outside and bone on the inside. The damage starts from the inside and the injury to the skin is later. These can be staged as minimal injury upto full thickness loss of tissue due to necrosis. All ulcers of this type require pressure relief and take time to heal. ...Read more

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What is a stage 4 bed sore?

See below: Skin ulcers are often staged based on depth (stage 4 = deepest)... Stage 1: reddened skin that does not blanch (doesn't turn white when pressed). Stage 2: superficial erosion of the skin -- often appears as an abrasion, blister, or shallow crater. Stage 3: full thickness skin loss to the level of fat. Stage 4: full thickness skin loss + involvement of underlying structures (e.g. Muscle, bone, etc). ...Read more

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How do you treat a head bed sore?

How do you treat a head bed sore?

Depends: The answer depends on the depth and width of the sore, and what tissue is exposed at the base of the wound. Usually these heal without surgery, but they can require surgery if there is a large area of dead tissue. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my bed sore is bleeding?

What does it mean if my bed sore is bleeding?

Considerations: The real question to ask is...Is the bed sore getting better? Are the dimensions decreasing, is the patient feeling better, is there less "non-healthy" tissue, is there more granulation tissue (new capillaries)? Bleeding can occur even with great healing as new capillaries get formed and injured with dressing changes or simple movement. If the wound looks and measures better, all else is trivia. ...Read more

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What are some tell-tale signs that a bed sore is infected?

What are some tell-tale signs that a bed sore is infected?

Signs of healing: Red, hot, swollen and drainage (inflammation) are normal signs of healing and in fact, not bad but are integral to healing. If infected, the wound should not improve, the patient have fevers, chills, and other systemic signs of infection. Culture of the wound should never be with a swab on the surface but a simple tissue biopsy. Routine use of antibiotics is to be condemned due to the risks. ...Read more

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What are treatments to treat a bed sore?

Avoid pressure: Bed ores can occur from sitting or lying in the same position too long caausing pressure on the skin with resultant tissue ischemia & skin ulcer formation. Best is to prevent this by frequent moving & turning the patient. Special pads & beds can relieve pressure. Need to keep pressure off the site. See about getting home nursing wound care. ...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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How can you tell the difference between a bed sore or a pimple?

Area lesion is found: Bed sore is inflammed and may have drainage. Pimple may have head to it or sore center point. ...Read more

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How do you treat a 'bed sore' that is open and penetrating the muscle?

Be sore: This type of wound requires the expertise of a wound care team. Without knowing any further information, it is difficult to say exactly what is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Selby Jacobs
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Guilt (Definition)

To say Guilt is any way I can control you and make you feel anxious doing it. Its an atypical anxiety state that you feel when you are accused of doing something you should not have done, or you didn't do something you should have. The underlying feeling you have is resentment, but that remains unexpressed as you ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Pressure Sores (Definition)

Pressure sores = Bed sored = Injury to skin & deeper tissues due to prolonged ...Read more