Decubitusulcersbedsores - Bedsores (Decubitus ulcers) What...

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Bedsores (Decubitus ulcers) What they are: Bedsores are damage to the skin in the form of ulcers that form due to pressure, friction, or shearing forces that usually occur over bony prominences. How they form: They are caused by constant, unrelieved pressure in tissues where circulation is diminished, leading to necrosis of the tissues. Risk factors include malnutrition, bowel or bladder incontinence, and dry or damaged skin Prevention is key! - Perform routine skin inspections - treat dry, cracked skin - change patient frequently to prevent exposure to moisture, urine, or stool - reposition patient & use pressure-reducing devices such as foam wedges/pillows - keep patient mobile as much as possible Treatment - clean wounds & debride necrotic tissue – different products may be used (may use gauze and saline or hydrocolloid dressings) - reduce pressure by using foam/pillows - keep area dry and clean - proper nutrition (if malnourished) - surgery may be necessary depending on severity “Stages of bedsores”
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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