Friday, November 30, 2012

Pressure Sore Care Advice For Both Carers And Sufferers

Millions of people suffer from pressure sores worldwide, from people with short to medium term illnesses right the way through to people at the end stage of life. Pressure sores can be often be an extremely painful condition, with the sore often getting worse if left untreated or if the body simply does not have the capacity to heal the open wound adequately

There are a few things that you can do to help prevent pressure sores occurring and if you look at doing all of these things together and in conjunction with each other then you can really help to stop pressure sores from becoming a problem.
Changing Body Position: Pressure sores and ulcers occur when the body is left in one position for too long, which is why these sores most commonly occur for people that are bed ridden or always sat in one position in a chair for example. One of the best things that you can do to prevent these sores is to regularly change the body position of the sufferer if they cannot do this themselves, or encourage the sufferer to move their body often.
Pressure Care Products: There are a range of specially designed mattresses and cushions that can really help to prevent pressure sores from occurring because of the way that they have been manufactured. Standard mattresses and cushions can actually aid the growth of pressure sores, so it is vital to look at the products that you are using and see if you can buy something that is more pressure care suitable.
Dressings: Although many people just apply a normal dressing to pressure sores and ulcers, there are actually special types of dressings and bandages that can help to increase the healing speed and effort. Some of these dressings contain a special gel that helps to encourage the growth of the skin to increase the speed of healing and a good doctor, nurse or pharmacist should be able to offer you some sound advice when it comes to dressing pressure sores.
Diet: As with most types of skin injuries and sores, Vitamin C and Zinc can help to naturally repair wounds much quicker, so if your diet is lacking from these two things then it can take much longer to heal any open wound. If your diet lacks Vitamin C and Zinc then your skin has a higher chance of developing pressure ulcers and the healing of them can take longer, so it is important to get your doctor to check your dietary requirements if you are suffering with frequent pressure sores.
It is important to try and prevent pressure sores rather than just react to them when and if they occur, so by following our advice above you can really help to not only prevent pressure sores from occurring but you can also help to deal with them quickly to stop them getting worse and causing more pain for the sufferer.
Pressure sores can be created by pulling the skin in opposite directions.  It is like the ‘Chinese burns’ when we were at school.  This opposite dragging is known as shearing.  Since skin is thinner as we get order it is liable to tear.  To reduce the risk of tearing or friction burns it is possible to use a product such as the MEDORIS micro-bead cushions which move in the same direction as the skin on the bottom or limb.”

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Source: Articlealley, IanSpencer