What you can do if you spot a sore
also called a bed sore—what is it?
pressure ulcer is defined as—a wound to
the skin resulting from a body part that touches another surface (like a bed or
chair) for long periods of time. When too much pressure builds up from sitting
in one position, it may eventually cut off blood supply to that area of skin
and tissue. Bed sores are more common in people confined to their bed or with
While you should
always follow the specific recommendations of your healthcare provider the
Association for the Advancement of Wound care (AAWC) provides a Patient Guide
for Preventing and Treating Pressure Ulcers, which is detailed in part below.
communicate with your healthcare provider and let them know you spot a bed
sore. They will advise you on proper use of bandages and dressings.
sitting for long periods—change position three times per hour. And change
positions frequently when confined to a bed if it can be done safely and comfortably.
massaging or rubbing wounds, especially if it feels painful or appears red.
careful not to drag the affected area across the bed.
pressure from boney areas by using special cushions or wound dressings. Ask
your healthcare provider for suggestions.
balanced diet helps promote healing. Ask your physician or nurse if you’re
getting enough protein.
hydrated—fluids help support the healing process. Ask your healthcare provider
if you are getting enough fluids.
the skin daily.
wounds dry and clean.
- Stand up or move around – movement
increases blood flow which delivers vital nutrients and oxygen to muscles and
- Click here to see and download the
full AAWC Patient Guide for Preventing and Treating Pressure Ulcers.
Reference: 1. http://aawconline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Take-the-Pressure-Off.pdf Take the Pressure Off, Patient Guide