6 Ways to Prevent & Treat Bedsores
Recently, my mother’s nurse underwent cardiac surgery and unfortunately, was not recovering too well. As a result, she was bedridden and had started developing bed sores, which are also known as pressure ulcers. After she asked me for some advice on what to do, I did a little research and this is what I found.
Treatment options to consider
- Doctors should recommend either protein or amino acid supplements for their patients, in order to reduce the size of their wounds.
- Foam or hydrocolloid dressings can also help shrinking the size of bedsores in affected patients.
- As an optional – but not necessary – treatment, electrical stimulation could prove to be beneficial for patients in order to accelerate the rate at which their wounds can heal.
Preventative measures you can take
- See a clinician to identify whether you may be at a higher risk for developing pressure ulcers.
- If so, take a look at your mattress to see if it is an advanced, static one – that will be key for ensuring you are using the right one to prevent future bedsores.
- Avoid alternating between air mattresses and air overlays if you are at a higher risk.
These are all recommendations from the American College of Physicians, and it is a simple yet educational guideline to increase our awareness of how to deal with bedsores – whether it be our friends or family, it’s a harsh reality for many that are bedridden. I was grateful to have been prompted into re-educating myself, and I hope that sharing it with you proves to be helpful as well!