I need information about

Find a Doctor

select


Click Here for an Advanced Search
Click Here for CCPI Doctors

Search Our Health Library

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.
© 2014 Touro. All rights reserved.
Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
Phone: 504-897-7011 Pencil
Back to Top