Bedsore Prevention

Friday, April 12, 2013

Bedsores occur when a person is forced to spend most of his or her time lying in bed because of illness, paralysis or coma. Dr. Edward Hill discusses how bedsores occur and how to prevent them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A bedsore is a wound that happens when your skin rubs against an objectfor example, bed sheets or a wheelchairor when you dont move for several hours.

Bedsores are also called pressure ulcers. They usually happen on areas where a bone sticks out under the skin, like the tailbone, ankles, back, buttocks, heels and hips.

Bedsores usually happen in people who have trouble moving, use a wheelchair or cant get out of bed.

You should change positions every two hours and move around more, if possible. You or a caregiver should check for redness or sores on your skin. Keep your skin dry by changing the bed sheets and your undergarments often.

A nurse or home caregiver will clean and cover the wound with a dressing. The dressing must be changed often. Always follow your doctors instructions about caring for your wounds.

If your bedsore gets infected, your doctor may give you medicine. Sometimes, surgery is needed to treat severe wounds.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.