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According to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University, a daily skin care regimen might be an elderly patient’s best weapon in warding off bed sores.
Among the study’s findings, which were published on Johns Hopkins’ Web site, www.johnshopkinsmedicine.com,… Johns Hopkins recommends the following preventative steps:
- Inspect all
A study from the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine provides a far-ranging and extensive overview for treating and preventing bed sores (pressure ulcers) in elderly patients.
Among the key points of the study:
- 95 percent of pressure ulcers occur in the lower part of the body….
The underlying mechanics behind the development of bed sores (also called: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) is relatively simple– unrelieved pressure on the body results in restricted blood circulation and consequential lack of nutrients and oxygen to skin and tissue. When pressure goes unrelieved for extended periods of…read more »
…Bedsores are truly a horrific condition impacting nursing home patients in all demographics. As a lawyer on the front lines of these cases, I am continually dumbfounded by the lack of basic precautions in place at many facilities to prevent these potentially deadly wounds from developing in the first place.read more »
Who Said Nursing Care Was Easy? The Prevention Of Bed Sores Requires Staff To Turn & Reposition Patients On A Reqular Basis
The underlying mechanics behind the development of bed sores (also called: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) is relatively simple– unrelieved pressure on the body results in restricted blood circulation and consequential lack of nutrients and oxygen to skin and tissue.
When pressure goes unrelieved for extended periods of…
In order for hospitals to reduce the rate of bed sores (also commonly referred to as: pressure ulcers, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers), the facility first must acknowledge that bed sores acquired in a hospital setting are a real problem.
Hospital administrators should take note of the program implemented by…
‘Turning’ refers to exactly what it sounds like– turning the patient to prevent the build-up of pressure on the skin that can result in the development of bed sores. Turning is universally considered to be the most important factor in bed sore prevention. Yet, despite its universal acceptance, many facilities…read more »
Yes. By some accounts, more that 50% of the people living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities may have some type of bladder or bowl control problems. Although widely used, incontinence can be defined as the uncontrolled elimination of urine or fecal material from the body.
Despite its prevalence,…
‘Tissue tolerance’ refers to the ability of the skin and underlying tissue to tolerate exposure to pressure without adverse effects. Tissue tolerance is done by examining the skin and tissue after the pressure has been been applied and relieved. After pressure to the area has been relieved, the following assessment…read more »
Turning refers to the repositioning of a patient at fixed time intervals– usually at least every two hours or as directed by a physician. Turning is done to ensure adequate blood circulation to the area. Blood circulation is crucial to reduce the development of bed sores. Many facilities have incorporated…read more »
The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) set forth regulations for nursing homes to comply with in exchange for their receipt of Medicare funding. The regulations are extensive and cover most aspects of patient care. These regulations are known as ‘F-Tags’ which collectively form the standard of care for…read more »
Yes. Individuals who have a low body mass (BMI) are particularly susceptible to bed sores due to their overall weakened condition and the increased pressure over bony prominences (hips, back, elbows, heels, ect.) In a study of 484 elderly patients with an average age of 79-years-old, 16.7% of the individuals…read more »
The Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk is a universally accepted tool to help staff in nursing homes and hospitals identify individuals who may be at risk for developing bed sores (also called decubitus ulcers, pressure sores or pressures ulcers). The Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk evaluates…read more »
No. Currently, there is only one state, New Jersey, that has even proposed such legislation. Unlike normal spring-filled mattresses, pressure relieving mattresses have multiple layers of foam padding or alternating air pressure reduce the amount of pressure and friction put on bony parts of the body prone that are prone…read more »
Federal law requires that nursing homes have bed sore prevention program. The first part of a nursing home’s bed sore prevention program is a skin care assessment. A skin care assessment must be completed for new nursing home residents within 14 days of admission to the facility which is done…read more »
No. Bed sores are preventable–with proper screening, early detection, and staff involvement. The development of bed sores in nursing home patients is more a reflection of poor nursing care than an inevitable part of the aging process.
Bed sores will likely develop if the facility does not make bed sore…
No. To date, only one state, New Jersey, has enacted any legislation to promote the use of pressure relieving mattresses in nursing homes
Unlike normal spring-filled mattresses, pressure relieving mattresses steadily inflate and deflate to reduce the amount of pressure and friction put on bony parts that are prone to…
The following steps are widely accepted as helping bed sore prevention:
Implementing a turning schedule for patients who are at risk for developing pressure ulcers
Educating staff on skin integrity
Encouraging staff to communicate concerns over skin issues during shift changes
Ensuring appropriate nutrition and hydration of all residents
The use of pressure relieving mattresses is of particular importance to individuals who may be at heightened risk for developing bed sores. Unlike normal spring-filled mattresses, pressure relieving mattresses steadily inflate and deflate to reduce the amount of pressure and friction put on bony parts of the body prone that…read more »
Information and medical contact resources for bed sore education and treatment.
- Bed Sore Glossary - definitions of common bed sore terms and phrases.
- Bed Sore Treatment Specialists - national compilation of wound care specialists, state-by-state, treating bedsores.
- Bed Sore Articles - articles and links to blog posts about bed sores.
- Bed Sore Research Studies - links to recent studies on prevention and treatment.
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