How common are pressure ulcers in nursing homes?
Pressure ulcers are serious medical conditions and one of the important measures of the quality of clinical care in nursing homes (1,4). From about 2% to 28% of nursing home residents have pressure ulcers (2,3).
What measures do nurses take to prevent the development of pressure ulcers in patients at high risk?
Pressure ulcer prevention in high-risk patients * Maintain adequate hydration. * Eliminate friction or shear by limiting linen layers. * Manage moisture or incontinence. * Initiate barrier ointments or creams.
How do you take care of pressure areas?
Relieve the pressure on the area.
- Use special pillows, foam cushions, booties, or mattress pads to reduce the pressure. Some pads are water- or air-filled to help support and cushion the area.
- Change positions often. If you are in a wheelchair, try to change your position every 15 minutes.
How do you prevent pressure areas?
Tips to prevent pressure sores
- change position and keep moving as much as possible.
- stand up to relieve pressure if you can.
- ask your carer to reposition you regularly if you can’t move.
- change position at least every 2 hours.
- use special pressure relieving mattresses and cushions.
What are the 3 most common early signs of pressure damage?
- part of the skin becoming discoloured – people with pale skin tend to get red patches, while people with dark skin tend to get purple or blue patches.
- discoloured patches not turning white when pressed.
- a patch of skin that feels warm, spongy or hard.
- pain or itchiness in the affected area.
What are the symptoms of a pressure area?
- Unusual changes in skin color or texture.
- Pus-like draining.
- An area of skin that feels cooler or warmer to the touch than other areas.
- Tender areas.