Pressure ulcers can be prevented
Sadly there is no known cure for pressure sores and your wishes of not seeing your patients suffer from them still are not met. Until that time in the future when there is a known cure, you (as carers) are the key to prevention and pressure relief of patients.
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How you can change the future of pressure care
Pressure ulcer prevention
You and your staff have the power to help prevent your patients developing pressure ulcers. We can provide you with help and the right equipment to do so.
Do everything within your power to help prevent pressure ulcers from forming. Each patient has their own individual need, please make sure you do everything you can to ease the pain and stop the pressure.
Stopping pressure ulcers can be 10x more difficult due to costs and budgets- it’s sad but true. When it comes down to cost, you can create sustainable solutions for your staff, patients and, care home.
About pressure ulcers
The most vulnerable areas of the body to check for pressure ulcers
Percentage of pressure ulcers that could have been prevented
Statistics suggest that 80-95% of pressure ulcers that occur on patients are avoidable. This means that you can help make that difference by preventing wounds from forming. With the right equipment, knowledge and resource, we could decrease the number of pressure ulcers that plague our patients each year.
Pressure ulcer grading
Patients skin remains intact with a non-blanchable redness of a localised area. Commonly pressure ulcers are found over a bony prominence. Skin with dark pigmentations may not have visible blanching but, its colour may differ from surrounding areas.
Loss of dermis begins to come apparent (usually on bony prominences), the ulcer starts to present itself as a shallow open ulcer with a pinky/ red wound bed- with no evidence of slough. The wound may also present serum-filled blister.
Subcutaneous fat may be visible through the thickness of lost tissue. The tendons, bone or muscle are not exposed. You may see slough but it does not obscure the depth of tissue loss. Depending on the anatomical location, the depth of a grade 3 pressure ulcer can vary.
The bone would be exposed with evidence of full thickness tissue being lost. It is most likely that you can see tendons and muscles . Slough may be present and can sometimes show signs of undermining or tunnelling. The depth can vary (depending on location).
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