Our skin is fragile. If we do not take steps to keep it healthy, or to distribute the pressure put on it, pressure injuries can occur. Commonly known as “bedsores”, “pressure ulcers”, or “pressure sores”, pressure injuries can happen to anyone. However, those with limited mobility and are confined to a bed or wheelchair, the eldery, and those with malnutrition are especially vulnerable.
It takes recognition of the first stages, as well as prevention through the use of skin protecting products, to keep bed sores away. This is easily achieved through the supplies available from Medical Supply Depot.
What is it?
A pressure injury is the result of localized pressure that damages the skin and underlying soft tissue. The force’s longevity and intensity determine how quickly one progresses through the stages of damage. This type of wound tends to occur around bony parts of the body—such as the hips, elbows, heels, etc.
The two types of injury
Both result in tissue deformation and/or hindrance to blood flow caused by the compression of blood vessels:
- Pressure is force exerted perpendicularly to the skin
- Shear is force exerted parallel to the skin
The four stages
- Stage 1: Discolored skin that does not blanch (turn white) to the touch.
- Stage 2: The top layer of skin is lost.
- Stage 3: The fatty layers of skin are exposed.
- Stage 4: Muscle and bone are exposed.
If you are confined to a bed or wheelchair, change your position often—anywhere from a few hours to every 15 minutes depending on your situation. A Wheelchair Seat Cushion is recommended to help distribute weight comfortably. There are also special pads and mattresses available for the bed.
Feeding your body the right nutrition is necessary for wounds to heal quickly and properly. Drink water and eat plenty of healthy foods.
Skin care is of utmost importance. Moisturizers like Sween Cream Body Cream, or barrier creams such as Proshield Plus Skin Protectant for those who have incontinence, will prevent skin from becoming too dry or too wet.
If you notice that the wound is getting smaller and soft pink tissue is forming around the edges, the pressure injury is healing. Bleeding is a good sign too, as this means there is blood circulation in the area.
On the other hand, if you feel tenderness and warmth, see pus, smell a foul odor, or experience a fever, you may have an infection. You should contact your doctor right away.
To purchase the preventative tools and search for other medical products that might be helpful to you or a loved one, visit https://www.medicalsupplydepot.com.