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Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

For those that are bedridden or confined to a wheelchair the largest barrier they must overcome is most often their medical condition or injury that put them there in the first place. However, there is also another danger than can develop over time for those constantly in bed or in a wheelchair: pressure sores.

Skin inspection is vital to avoiding pressure ulcers.

Also called contact sores, contact ulcers or pressure ulcers, these wounds can present another set of challenges on top of those the patient is already facing with their illness or disability. Because these patients are always in contact with their bed or wheelchair, caring for these wounds once they are present is difficult. On the other hand, taking steps to prevent pressure sores from occurring are much easier and can be incorporated into any healthcare plan.

The proper skin care, such as bathing, applying talcum powder to moist areas and lotion to skin that tends to be dryer, goes a long way in helping prevent contact sores. Skin inspections should also be a daily occurrence to stay on top of skin health. Drinking plenty of water and nutrient rich liquids helps skin to maintain moisture and promotes overall health.

For those in wheelchairs, positioning and cushioning products are recommended for evenly distributed weight. Also, changing position in the wheelchair independently every 15 minutes and once every hour with assistance is necessary to keep weight off of one area.

The same can be said for those in bed, though repositioning should occur once every two hours. Likewise, special mattresses and foam or gel overlays can be used to distribute weight evenly across the surface to reduce weight bearing and friction.

LA Medical provides both positioning and cushioning solutions for wheelchairs and home hospital beds to help prevent pressure sores and keep the focus of healthcare on the more serious issues our customers face. Look through our online catalog to see how we can help!