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Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are wounds that develop when there is prolonged pressure between the skin and a bone.

Prolonged pressure may lead to:
  • Redness that does not fade
  • Formation of blisters
  • Formation of wounds
  • Yellow to black hardened areas

Causes of pressure ulcers include:
  • Lack of mobility
  • Lack of bowel or bladder control
  • Poor nutrition
  • Loss of sensation
  • Moving improperly

The Wound Healing Center offers:
  • Trained healthcare professionals to care for your wound
  • Complete wound evaluation
  • Diagnostic testing
  • A customized treatment plan for your care
  • Education on the treatment of the wound
  • Education to help prevent new wounds

During your first visit to the Wound Healing Center you can expect:
  • To complete a medical history and physical
  • Examination of the wound
  • Possible removal of dead tissue
  • Education on how to care for your wound at home
  • Further testing, as needed

Follow up visits may include:
  • Re-examination of your wound
  • Review of test results
  • Removal of dead tissue
  • Continuing education

Call the Wound Healing Center if you experience any of the following:
  • Increased pain at the wound site
  • Redness or swelling around the wound or spreading away from the wound
  • A foul odor coming from the wound
  • Changes in color or amount of drainage from the wound
  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting

How Can You Help?

  • Change positions frequently: every 2 hours when in bed and every 30 minutes when sitting
  • Do not raise the head of your bed higher than 30 degrees.
  • Follow the diet/nutritional plan that your doctor has prescribed for you.
  • Keep your skin dry; avoid excessive moisture.
  • Avoid using plastic-backed linen saving devices or diapers.

How should you care for your skin? 
  • Wash with mild soap and water.
  • Apply moisturizers to prevent dryness.
  • Keep genital area clean and dry.
  • Clean immediately after an incontinent episode.
  • Apply barrier cream/ointment to prevent skin breakdown.
  • Do not put anything into an open wound that is not prescribed by your physician.

>> Click here for the Pressure Ulcers brochure.
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