Bed sores are a very painful condition that affects many elderly or bed ridden people. Bed sores, or pressure sores, are tissue damage to the skin caused by prolonged pressure to one area of the body. They are especially prone to spots that are bony, like the knees, hips, buttocks and heels.
There are four different stages of pressure sores. Stage one the skin is still intact. The skin becomes red and is painful to the touch, sometimes the skin texture or temperature changes as well. Stage two is where the spot becomes an open wound. Sometimes it appears as a blister. Stage three occurs once the ulcer has become a deep wound, often times yellow in color due to the dying skin. Other layers of skin may also be affected at this stage. Stage four begins when there is massive tissue loss. Bone, muscle or tendons may become exposed.
Encompass HealthCare‘s insight:
Quadriplegics and paraplegics often acquire bed sores, due to the constant pressure of sitting in a wheelchair or lying in the same position in bed. Prevention is key. However, if pressure sores have already developed, the patient needs thorough, comprehensive, and expert wound management attention. Remedies may involve wound debridement, IV antibiotics, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, skin grafts and flaps, and other wound-healing modalities.
Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Mindy Ruben No Comments
Wound Care Patient Guide Published by Dr. Bruce Ruben
Medical Director Dr. Bruce Ruben has just been published, citing an exhaustive wound care patient guide for wound care and non-healing wounds on Vitals. com, a respected physician search and rating site. The guide includes an overview of wound care, non-healing wounds, the team of physicians who might be involved in the overall wound care process, how to prepare for a wound care physician’s office visit, questions to ask the doctors, common tests to expect, and possible treatment options. The most common types of wounds are discussed and details about each type are available. In addition, the guide offers information on the reasons why wounds sometimes do not heal, a chronic problem for quadriplegics, paraplegics, the disabled, and diabetics. Encompass HealthCare is an expert, outpatient wound healing center that uses sophisticated wound treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, IV antibiotics, lymphedemic management, and more to heal stubborn wounds.