Thursday, March 04, 2010

Bed sores come in stages and always start with a small-red skin breakdown of some type.

Bed sores are also call Decubitus or decubes. Bed sores come in stages and always start with a small-red skin breakdown of some type.

This small-red patch starts from low blood circulation, low activity levels with long periods of bed rest or wheel-chair bound with long periods of sitting. I do not know if medication can increase the chance of skin breakdown.
I do know this, when you see skin irritation on an Elderly person, when you see bright-red marks that resemble folds or pinches of skin, you MUST address the issue or it is guaranteed the skin will breakdown. You have 1-2 days to fix the problem to avoid the bed sore from breaking out or getting worse.


1. Massage the skin around the bed sore. Cream and air are necessary to heal. Air is necessary to dry the sore, since what caused the sore is most likely PRESSURE, DAMPNESS and DARKNESS.

2. Release the pressure, which means often moving the Elderly person and adjusting them to position every 1-2 hours and document. Release the pressure means moving the are or leg constantly to avoid resting directly on the bed sore.

3. Use pillows or foam to create a pocket of air used to alleviate any pressure on the wound.

4. Give the resident plenty of water and though they might not want it, they must continue to hydrate.

A bed sore can tear your skin down but it is also despairing to have a wound on your skin that shouldn’t be there. And too often, the Elderly person is battling many issues and just one small bed sore can take someone to the point of AMPUTATING a leg. It happens everyday. Do not neglect a wound or bed sore EVER EVER EVER.

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