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Is It Possible For Pressure Sores To Spread To Unaffected Areas
Yes: Pressure sores occur in patients who either lack sensation (e.g. Spinal cord injury patients) or the ability to reposition themselves (elderly or comatose patients). In general, repositioning should be done every 2 hours to prevent the development of pressure sores.) with infection, tissue loss may spread to other surrounding areas. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
My mum has pressure sores on her bum which are spreading what can be done to improve these? We use barrier cream regularly but I am concerned.
Frequent turning: Once a pressure sore develops it needs the specialized care of a wound specialist such as a plastic surgeon. It may need to be cleaned and may need coverage with special dressing, a skin graft or even an advancement of surrounding tissue surgically. Prevention is overall the best treatment. Turning every 2 hours, dry beds, minimal pressure among other things are needed. http://www.npuap.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i get pressure sores from a desk job? Is it possible to develop pressure sores from sitting all day at a desk and barely getting up?
Not likely: While anything is possible, pressure sores usually occur in people who either have impaired sensation in the area in question, are unable to move due to paralysis or impaired consciousness, or some combination of both. If you have normal sensation in your legs and buttocks and are not paralyzed or unconscious you are not likely to develop pressure sores. ...Read more
Can someone have pressure sores and not be aware of it? Is it possible for an alert individual to develop a pressure sore and not realize it?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Less: Generally, people with a larger body mass have a lower risk for pressure sores because they have more padding between bony prominences and the skin. However, when pressure sores develop near the bone (deep tissue injury), they tend to be much worse in larger patients because the tissue damage can be extensive before they are noticed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Keep moving: Treatment of pressure sores/wounds/ulcers from sitting in a wheelchair are exactly the same as treatment of pressure sores/wounds/ulcers from laying in bed: start moving around & keep moving. Don't remain in any position for more than a few minutes. Allow blood to circulate everywhere there's pressure (sitting or laying). Stay hydrated. Eat lots of nutritious food including protein to allow healin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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