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 are prone to skin breakdown and ultimately, the development of bed sores.
Heel elevating boots can also be used to help alleviate the pressure that is put on the heels of the bedridden. The boots help disperse the pressure from forming on one part of the heel and subsequently, the bed sore from forming.
While devices can be helpful in bed sore prevention, nothing can take the place of quality care. Medical staff must be trained to assess residents, create an individually-tailored care plan for each resident, and competently implement the treatments prescribed in the care plans to minimize the risk of developing bed sores.