Also referred to as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, pressure injuries, or decubitus ulcers, bedsores occur when a person is immobile, bedridden, unable to sense pain, or unconscious. This happens when some parts of the body don’t get proper blood circulation. Bony areas, such as the hips and elbows, that have reduced blood circulation are most likely to develop bed sores.
Bedsores are especially severe among old and frail adults. When a bedridden or immobile person isn’t positioned correctly, turned, and given proper skincare, pressure ulcers can develop.
Treating Bed Sores
In some cases, bedsores can be life-threatening, especially if the wound gets infected. Therefore, it’s important that a doctor or nurse examines you. However, you can treat bed sores at home by:
Relieving the pressure
When you develop bedsores, it is important that you relieve the pressure once every two hours. You can do this by not sitting or lying on the affected skin area. Other strategies to reduce pressure include:
Using a support surface: You can use a special bed (with a mixture of air and fluid), mattresses, and special cushions to help you sit or lie down in a way that protects the vulnerable skin.
Repositioning: If you have bedsores, try turning and regularly changing your position. If you’re using a wheelchair, try and shift your weight after every 15 minutes and change positions after every hour. If you’re bedridden, ensure that you change positions every two hours.
Clean and dress the pressure sores
Caring for bed sores will mainly depend on how deep the wound is. However, cleaning and dressing wounds will include the following:
Cleaning: In case the skin isn’t broken, wash the area with a wound cleanser and pat dry with an adhesive remover. If the skin is broken, clean it with a saline solution every time when changing the dressing.
Put on a bandage: A bandage will accelerate the healing process by keeping the wound moist. Additionally, it will keep the surrounding skin dry and create a barrier against infections. You should change the dressings you use regularly, preferably alternating between gauze and sponge and medicated wound dressings.
If you have a large sore that fails to heal, then you may need surgery. One of the most common surgical methods for severe wounds involves using a pad of your skin, muscle, or other tissue to cushion the affected bone and cover the wound.
Taking Care of Bed Sores
Pressure sores can take a long time to heal, and it’s crucial that you maintain a healthy diet and drink enough water. If you or a person you care for has bedsores, visit Medical Supply Depot and get wound cleaning and dressing supplies.