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

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 can be done to prevent bed sores when taking care of a bedridden family member?

What can be done to prevent bed sores when taking care of a bedridden family member?

Positioning: To avoid bed sores, i would recommend getting a water bed or air flotation mattress. Vigilant repositioning in bed is the key. Turning your relative to different sides and if possible getting out bed would help. Padding of known pressure areas will also be beneficial. Again vigilance, vigilance vigilance is the key. ...Read more

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How can I prevent bed sores from getting worse?

How can I prevent bed sores from getting worse?

Keep moving: The best way to prevent bed sores is to keep moving. Ideally the patient should be repositioned every 2 hours so that no one part of the body remains in the same position. Also, take plenty of vitamin c. ...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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Why is it effective to in preventing bed sores the rotation of patients every 2 hours?

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 can you prevent bed sores?

How can you prevent bed sores?

Frequent turning: Frequently turning the patient will relieve pressure on body parts. Taking the patient or family member in and out of bed in and out of wheel chairs for support will help reduce the occurrence of bed sores. Use of air flotation mattresses or waterbeds have been shown to be an efficient way of reducing the occurrence of bed sores. ...Read more

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