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Those who are in wheelchairs, are bedridden, or aged are at greater risk for developing decubitus ulcers. Often bedridden individuals also suffer from incontinence, (functional incontinence) and thus the skin may be further compromised due to exposure to feces and urine, prolonged wetness, and irritation caused by improperly sized absorbent products.
What can be done to prevent decubitus ulcers?
1. The first way to prevent and protect against decubitus ulcers is to change positions every 2 hours maximum. Two hours is the longest tissue can tolerate pressure without damage being incurred. This means frequent moving, and adjusting of bedridden individuals. And increased mobility for those who can move on their own.
2. Next, protect the skin with padding to prevent tissue abrasion. This can reduce the pressure, and thus the risk of developing pressure related sores.
3. Maintain properly hydrated skin, and body. When the skin becomes dehydrated it loses elasticity, cracks, and chaffs more easily. This can increase the risk of ulcers forming. Drink plenty of fluids, and consider using a moisturizer to help with skin hydration.
4. Eat a well balanced and nutritious diet. Individuals with high risk for ulcers, or who have already suffered from them must have increased nutrition to allow for proper healing of the wounds, and to provide their bodies with the building blocks needed for prevention and repair.
5. Practice proper hygiene and improved skin care. This is especially important when incontinent. Consider a skin care regimen that involves a pH balanced cleanser, a moisturizer, and an ointment to protect the skin from prolonged wetness. Change absorbent products as soon as they are soiled, and clean with each change, both feces and urine, as both can break down the skin. And, choose the right absorbent products for the severity of incontinence, as well as the right size and fit for the individual’s body type. To quickly and easily sort through the more than 600 options, try this handy Incontinence Product Finder.
How are decubitus ulcers treated?
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- Clean regularly with Lantiseptic No-Rinse Cleansing Foam.
- Moisturize skin daily with Lantiseptic Dry Skin Therapy to help maintain moisture balance or to clear reddened skin.
- Protect as needed with Lantiseptic Skin Protectant to create a superior environment for the healing process.
2. Remove any necrotic tissue. It will lead to infection, as bacteria will feed on the dead tissue.
3. Use antibiotics, if prescribed by a physician to help treat the problem.
4. Sometimes surgical removal and/or amputation is needed.
5. Remove pressure to prevent further damage and promote healing. This can be achieved through frequent turning.
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