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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 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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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