Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers are injuries to the skin:
Bedsores or pressure ulcers are injuries to the skin and tissue underneath as a result of constant pressure on the skin. They most often develop on the skin that covers bony areas like the heels, tailbones and hips. People who have a high risk of developing bedsores are those with medical conditions that limit their ability to move and change positions, such as someone on bedrest / bedridden or restrained to a wheelchair. Bedsores develop fairly quickly and are difficult to treat. Several things can be done to help prevent them and assist with healing.
Please see : (Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bedsores/basics/definition/con-20030848)
There are four stages of bedsores. One and two usually heal within a few weeks with appropriate care for the wound, while three and four are more difficult to treat. Caregivers can reduce pressure by repositioning a patient every 15 minutes to an hour for a wheelchair and every two hours when confined to a bed. You can also reduce pressure by using support surfaces like a special cushion to help a person lie in the appropriate position and relieve any pressure on sores. It’s important to clean the wound and apply dressings, regularly changing them to help with the healing process. A doctor may decide to remove the tissue using different methods, including surgery if necessary. Patients may also be prescribed drugs for pain management, or negative pressure therapy may be suggested (applying suction to a clean wound).
Please see: (Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bedsores/basics/treatment/con-20030848)
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Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.