Information About Sores Prevention of Pressure Ulcers
Information according to AHACPR most pressure ulcers can be avoided. A prevention program based on the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) guidelines resulted in a massive drop in the number of pressure ulcers in one nursing home. The program utilized a paid doctor acting as a wound consultant and focused effort on purchasing pressure support surfaces for the entire facility. Pressure ulcers are skin wounds that usually develop on bony parts of the body. They may be painful and take a long time to heal or cause other complications like skin and bone infections. Pressure ulcers occur across health care settings and are often preventable. The elderly are at greater risk of developing pressure injury ulcers due to age-related skin changes. Some of these factors include immobility, incontinence, inadequate diet, and chronic illness, altered level of consciousness, altered sensory perception, and prior history of pressure ulcers.
More Information About Sores Pressure Ulcers
- Identifying Risk factors;
- Pain management;
- Treatments based on the wound characteristics; and
- The resident’s right to refuse one or more aspects of pressure ulcer care.Pressure Ulcer Staging Guidelines
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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a pressure sore, bed sore or other type of neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member.