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How does silver dressing help with pressure sores?

How does silver dressing help with pressure sores?

Antimicrobial: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream is antimicrobial, keeping pressure sores from becoming infected. In addition, the emollient (cream or ointment) helps provide a moist wound bed for adjacent normal skin cells to migrate into the wound to heal the area. ...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 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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Where on the body are pressure sores most common?

Where on the body are pressure sores most common?

Back, butt, heels: As the other 2 md's stated, the most common areas are the back, butt, & heels. Pressure sores can occur anywhere on the body that is near or over a bony prominence (like the heels or elbows) or where the body is in prolonged contact with an object without any pressure relief. Here is a good diagram showing common pressure sore areas: http://www.Selectmedical.Co.Uk/images/pressure_sores.Jpg. ...Read more

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What drugs can help with the pain of pressure sores?

What drugs can help with the pain of pressure sores?

Any Analgesic: Pain is asymptom, not a disease. Pressure sores commonly occur in areas without normal sensation. Pain may be indicating someting moree is going on . Get examined by you physician. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about pressure sores on paraplegics?

Can you tell me more about pressure sores on paraplegics?

Immobility: Anyone that does not move will develop a pressure ulcer. Certain people are more predisposed then others to develop them at boney prominences. These include anyone that can't move, the elderly, undernourished. Causes include pressure, friction, moisture and shearing forces. Risks include incontinence, immobility, age, dementia and poor circulation. ...Read more

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What methods are used to clean pressure sores once they develop?

What methods are used to clean pressure sores once they develop?

Mild soaps and dress: Mild cleansers and application of hydro active gel dressings with the possible infusions of silver may help. Enzymatic digestion may also be useful. Vac therapy is also a useful modality. Seek the advice of a wound care specialist who can prescribe and monitor your treatments. ...Read more

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How to avoid pressure sores?

How to avoid pressure sores?

Minimize pressure: Offload pressure points every 2-3 hours. Frequent position changes helps a lot. ...Read more

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What are ways to prevent pressure sores?

What are ways to prevent pressure 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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Why do pressure sores sometimes smell bad?

Infected dead tissue: Pressure sores are caused when unrelieved sustained pressure causes tissue compromise or death. Bacteria use the dead tissue as a nutritional source and proliferate. Occasionally maggots may also find this a good source of nutrition. Certain bacteria will produce odors that are offensive. Wound care includes surgical removal of dead tissue to limit bacterial growth. ...Read more

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Which layers of skin are affected by pressure sores?

Which layers of skin are affected by pressure sores?

All layers : Deep to superficial. But the primary problem is compromise of the vascular supply in the subcutaneous layers and secondarily in the dermis. ...Read more

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How can people on wheelchairs prevent pressure sores?

How can people on wheelchairs prevent pressure sores?

Sores from sitting: Sores from sitting in wheelchairs are due to all three types of pressure injuries: pressure, shearing and friction. Pressure can be relieved by alternating positioning; shearing can be prevented by careful attention to lifting oneself before moving into a new position; and friction can be prevented by understanding and correcting any rubbing issues. Request a seating evaluation from your clinician. ...Read more

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Is it easier for an older person to get pressure sores?

Is it easier for an older person to get pressure sores?

Pressure ulcer: As a patient gets older, they are often become more sedentary and the chances of prolonged pressure on bony prominences increases the incidence of pressure sores. This same subset of patients have altered nutrition too which puts them at further risk. ...Read more

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Does repositioning prevent pressure sores from happening?

Yes: Pressure sore are caused from excessive pressure on a specific area of body: usually develop when one is in a specific position for a long time such as in bed for days without movement. ...Read more

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How do people confined to a wheelchair prevent pressure sores?

How do people confined to a wheelchair prevent pressure sores?

Changing position: You need to help him/her changing positions, no matter what. Avoiding sitting in one position more than 2 hours. The seat should be soft. ...Read more

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Are men less at risk of pressure sores? I heard that men have thicker skin than women. Does this mean they are less at risk of pressure sores? .

Are men less at risk of pressure sores? I heard that men have thicker skin than women.  Does this mean they are less at risk of pressure sores?

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No: Pressure sores can occur anywhere there is unrelieved pressure. People who are bedbound generally will get them over the sacrum and the backs of the heels. People who are wheelchair bound and don't care for themselves adequately get them over the ischium (the sit-bones.) lying on one's side for too long can cause them over the greater trochanter (outside of the upper thigh.) no sex difference. ...Read more

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Are men less at risk of pressure sores? I heard that men have thicker skin than women. Does this mean they are less at risk of pressure sores? .

Are men less at risk of pressure sores? I heard that men have thicker skin than women.  Does this mean they are less at risk of pressure sores?

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No: Pressure sores can occur anywhere there is unrelieved pressure. People who are bedbound generally will get them over the sacrum and the backs of the heels. People who are wheelchair bound and don't care for themselves adequately get them over the ischium (the sit-bones.) lying on one's side for too long can cause them over the greater trochanter (outside of the upper thigh.) no sex difference. ...Read more

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If my dad is incontinent, is he more likely to develop pressure sores?

If my dad is incontinent, is he more likely to develop pressure sores?

Incontinence bedsore: Patients that are incontinent of urine and/or stool can be prone to more frequent incidences of skin breakdown. Moisture associated skin damage (masd) is now an accepted concept for wound care professionals. If you think of skin as bricks (the skin cells) and mortar (the stuff in-between), the moisture weakens the mortar portion allowing for increased chances of pressure causing harm. ...Read more

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Pressure Sores (Definition)

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