A pressure sore is an area of skin that is broken due to something continuously pressing or rubbing against the skin. Pressure sores are also known as pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers, and bedsores.

  and these should be implemented for those that are at risk of developing the sores.

What are pressure sores?

Pressure sores most commonly occur on areas of the body where there is bone close to the surface of the skin, such as the hips, elbows, heels, and tailbone. They can also occur on other parts of the body, such as the back, shoulders, and head.

Pressure sores can range in severity from a minor irritation to a large open wound. They can be painful and often take a long time to heal.

Who is at risk of developing pressure sores?

Anyone can develop a pressure sore, but some people are more at risk than others. People who are most at risk include those who:

  • Are unable to move on their own
  • Have a medical condition that causes poor blood circulation
  • Have a medical condition that affects the nerves
  • Are incontinent
  • Are malnourished or dehydrated
  • Use a wheelchair or stay in bed for a long time
  • Are elderly
  • Have fragile skin

How can pressure sores be prevented?

There are several things that can be done to prevent pressure sores. These include:

  1. Keeping the skin clean and dry
  2. Moving often to avoid putting too much pressure on one area of the body for too long
  3. Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids
  4. Using specialised equipment, such as pressure-relieving mattresses, to help reduce the risk of developing pressure sores.

What equipment is available to help prevent pressure sores?

Wheelchair cushions:

There are a number of different types of wheelchair cushions available that can help to prevent pressure sores. These include air-filled cushions, gel-filled cushions, and foam cushions.

Pressure-relieving mattresses:

Pressure-relieving mattresses are designed to reduce the amount of pressure on the body. They can be used in both hospital and home settings.

There are a number of different types of pressure-relieving mattresses available, including air-filled mattresses, gel-filled mattresses, and foam mattresses.

Sheepskins:

Sheepskins are often used to help prevent pressure sores. They can be placed on top of a mattress or wheelchair cushion.

Cushions:

Medical cushions can be used to help reduce the risk of developing pressure sores. They can be placed under the head, shoulders, or hips.

Where to get equipment to prevent pressure sores

Nordic Care are an independent supplier of healthcare products, including pressure sore preventing products. They offer a wide range of quality items, all supplied by quality manufacturers.

How can pressure sores be treated?

If a pressure sore does develop, there are a number of things that can be done to treat it. These include:

Cleaning the wound:

The wound should be kept clean and dry. This can be done by gently washing it with soap and water.

Applying a dressing:

A dressing can be used to help keep the wound clean and protected.

Using a specialised cream or ointment:

There are a number of different creams and ointments that can be used to help treat pressure sores. These include antiseptic creams, antibiotic creams, and pain-relieving creams.

Surgery:

In some cases, surgery may be required to treat a pressure sore. This can be done to remove dead tissue from the wound or to close the wound.

How long do pressure sores take to heal?

The time it takes for a pressure sore to heal will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the wound and the person’s overall health. In most cases, pressure sores will take several weeks to heal.

When should I see a doctor?

You should see a doctor if you develop a sore that does not heal within a few days. You should also see a doctor if you develop a fever or redness around the wound. These may be signs of an infection.