10 Precautions Care Providers Should, but Often Fail to Take, to Avoid Bedsores
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Since: Apr 10
#1 Jul 30, 2010
The majority of pressure sores can be prevented, and the ones that do develop, do not need to get serious or even life threatening.
The caregiver has to consider the patientís special circumstances when creating a care plan to make sure the person does not develop pressure sores that were preventable in the first place.
Here we give you a list of the 10 precautions that care providers should, but commonly neglect to oversee to avoid pressure sores:
1. They should make an initial proper, thorough, and methodical assessment of the patientís risk of developing pressure sores.
2. They must conduct accurate periodical assessments to measure the patientís risk.
3. They have to bathe the patient well and thoroughly.
4. They should assess and treat the patientís incontinence condition to make sure that excess moisture on the skin does not cause pressure sores.
5. They have to maintain the patient well hydrated and eating enough and right.
6. They must reposition and move the patient at regular intervals to make sure the pressure is relieved properly.
7. They have to use proper support and moving devices such as a low air loss mattress, to relieve pressure from critical areas.
8. They should take into account postural alignment, weight distribution, balance, stability, and pressure relief when helping the person sit on a chair or wheelchair.
9. They have to use the right lifting devices and techniques to make sure that shear and friction do not cause pressure sores.
10. They must get educated on the best ways to prevent bedsores and find documentation that supports those measures.
In essence, every patient is different, and each one will present different conditions or combination of conditions that should guide the creation of the best care plan for him or her. The caregiver should be able to see this uniqueness in order to prevent the patientís condition from getting worse out of neglect.
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Rachel Clarkson is a bed sores specialist and a big fan and promoter of ďThe Volkner Turning MattressĒ: http://www.Volkner.com
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