Preventing Bedsores

What is a bedsore?

Bedsore is a skin condition arising from the exposure to the following factors:

Sweat
Urine
Wound exudation

What promotes bedsore development?

The most common places where bedsores occur

5 stages of bedsores

Bedsores are rated in 5 stages, depending on the stage of development

Stage 1 – redness that fades after eliminating pressure. There is no skin damage.

Stage 2 – redness which does not fade after relieving pressure. This stage involves surface swelling, skin erosion, and possible painful epidermis injury.

Stage 3 – deep skin damage reaching the dermis (deeper skins structure). This stage involves visible swelling and rash. The bottom of the wound may be covered with dissolving tissue (yellow mass) or red granulation.

Stage 4 – the damage reaches down to the bone. Skin necrosis occurs and dead tissue is present. The bottom of the wound may be filled with black necrotic tissue.

Stage 5 – this is the most advanced stage. Necrosis reaches down to the muscles and may lead to sepsis. 

 

Bedsore preventive treatment

As a result, they do not develop bedsores. Bedsore development is common among people with limited mobility and can be considerably reduced by following the rules of bedsore preventive treatment.

Do not ignore the symptoms

Skin redness that is not subsiding after relieving pressure, blisters developing in the area, a damaged epidermis – these are all symptoms that should alert the carer. Constant skin observation is a crucial element of bedsore prevention.

Try to eliminate risk factors

Use special preventive equipment

Try to engage with your loved one as much as possible

Use Skin Care products

Ensure a healthy diet for the person you look after

Remember the sooner you start to employ proper action, the quicker and more effective the treatment will be. Bedsores – and all incontinence-related skin problems – are easier to prevent than cure.

You can find more information on proper skin care here. Get to know the practical advice for carers looking after their loved ones.