Bed sores are also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers. Prolonged pressure on the skin causes these injuries. Bed sores mostly develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, ankles, hips, and tailbone. Most at risk of bed sores are people with a medical condition that limits their ability to change positions, requires them to use a wheelchair or confines them to a bed for a long time. Bed sores can develop quickly and are often difficult to treat.
Pressure ulcers occur due to pressure applied to soft tissue resulting in completely or partially obstructed blood flow to the soft tissue. Shear is also a cause, as it can pull on blood vessels that feed the skin. Other factors can influence the tolerance of skin for pressure and shear, thereby increasing the risk of pressure ulcer development. These factors include protein-calorie malnutrition, microclimate of the skin, such as wetness caused by sweating or incontinence, diseases that reduce blood flow to the skin, such as arteriosclerosis, or diseases that reduce the sensation in the skin, such as paralysis or neuropathy. The healing of pressure ulcers may be slowed by the age of the person, medical conditions, such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes or infection, smoking, or medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs.
Solution – Several things can help prevent some bed sores and help with healing. Shifting the weight of the body is important to relieve the pressure. Proper nutrition, hydration, and exercise are critical to healing the wounds.
Also of help is the twice daily application of NeoGenesis Recovery to the wound. Recovery helps to create a moist environment with growth factors that are involved in healing of wounds. Daily use of Recovery, or application when the wound dressing is changed, will help to create an environment at the wound site to facilitate healing.
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