Pressure Ulcers/Bedsores

Signature Health Services can help with pressure ulcers and bedsores.

Pressure Ulcers/Bedsores

A pressure ulcer is a skin or tissue injury usually formed due to prolonged pressure over a specific body area. Widely known as bedsores because they are common in bedridden patients, either unconscious, immobilized, or unable to feel pain.

The pressure in the skin disrupts the blood flow leading to oxygen and nutrient starvation. Then, the skin begins to break down, and an ulcer forms. Bed sores can vary in severity depending on the affected area. Injuries can range from discolored skin spots to big open wounds that expose underlying muscles or bones

The risk of developing bed sores is significantly higher among patients with mobility impairments, making it difficult to change position while seated or in bed. Most known risk factors also include:

  • Lack of sensory perception – An inability to feel pain can result in not recognizing warning signs and not needing to change position.

  • Poor hydration and nutrition – A healthy diet and proper fluid consumption help to maintain healthy skin.

  • Incontinence – Prolonged exposure to urine or stool makes the skin more likely to develop pressure ulcers.

  • Reduced blood flow due to a medical condition – Diabetes or vascular disease might increase the risk of tissue damage.

  • Shoulder blades
  • Elbows
  • Tailbone or hip area
  • Heels
  • Back and sides of the knees
  • Back of the head
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The primary purposes of treatment are to minimize contact of the sore with a hard surface, avoid persisting pressure, diminish moisture, and prevent infections. Overall, pressure ulcer treatment should focus on the following:

  • Keeping the wound clean
  • Removing the infected or damaged tissue, particularly in stage 4 ulcers
  • Treating possible infections with antibiotics
  • Prescribe pain relievers
  • Ensuring proper nutrition and hydration

Most bed sores can be prevented with a correct skin inspection, with particular attention to bony areas. Some other methods of preventing bed sores are:

  • Providing softer padding in beds and wheelchairs
  • Changing sitting position every 15 minutes
  • Repositioning and turning bedridden patients every two hours
  • Providing adequate nutrition
  • Maintaining the skin clean and healthy

Professional involvement in a medical treatment cost depends on your health requirements and medical insurance particularities. However, a skilled nurse will always be prepared to deal with any existing bedsore(s) and prevent the development of new ones. So please, feel free to call us about any inquiry or information regarding the home care of a bedridden patient.

At Signature, we have the experience and resources to provide the best support for the patient and the family. Also, our registered nurses may help with assistance and could support any treatment process.
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For more information on how Signature Health Services can help with your healthcare needs, please call 1 (800) 277-8291 (option 1) or email

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