Bed sores, pressure sores and decubitus
ulcers are painful, debilitating and unnecessary.
Use this guide to learn about bed sores and their
Bed sores ( Pressure sores and decubitus
ulcers) can develop very quickly. They tend to
develop when a patient is confined to a bed or
chair, is unable to move, has lost bowel or bladder
control, has poor nutrition, or has lowered mental
awareness. Fortunately, the risk of developing
bed sores can be reduced significantly using the
following care procedures.
1. Take care of the skin:
Inspect the skin daily. Pay
special attention to red areas and pressure
points. Minimize moisture contact with the
skin. Medical sheepskins reduce pressure
and help to keep the skin dry.
2. Protect the skin from injury:
Avoid massaging skin
over bony areas. Change body position at
least every 2 hours- more frequently in
a chair. Reduce friction ( rubbing) by lifting
rather than dragging. Avoid use of donut
shape cushions. These can increase the risk
of getting pressure ulcers by reducing blood
flow. If the patient is confined to bed,
reduce pressure points with Medical Sheepskins.
The head of the bed should be raised as
little as possible. When the head of the
bed is raised above 30 degrees, the skin
may slide over the bed surface, damaging
skin and small blood vessels. Pillows or
wedges should be used to keep knees and
ankles from touching each other. Patients
should avoid lying directly on the hip bone
when lying on their side. Pillows and Medical
Sheepskin may help. If the patient is completely
immobile, pillows should be put under their
legs from mid-calf to ankle to keep heels
off the bed. Never place pillows under the
knees. This cuts off circulation. Use Medical
Sheepskins to protect the skin from injury.
3. Eat well:
Eat a balance diet. Proteins
and calories are very important for healthy
skin. Healthy skin is less liable to be
4. Improve the patients ability
A rehabilitation program can
help some persons gain movement and independence. The
patient can help to prevent most pressure
Bed Sores ( also known as decubitus
ulcers or pressure sores ) develop through 4 stages.
Notify your medical practitioner and nursing staff
if you notice any of the following:
Stage 1. You will notice
redness of the intact skin. The skin is unbroken,
but inflamed and may be painful and warm to the
touch. You might also notice the skin's texture
may be spongy or firm.
Stage 2: Here you will see
the first sign of skin breakdown and partial skin
loss. It will look like an abrasion, blister or
shallow crater. The outer layer of the skin is
broken, red and painful. Surrounding tissue may
be pale, red or swollen.
Stages 3 and 4 result in ulcer
production. The skin has broken down and there
is extensive destruction or damage to the underlying
muscle, bone or supporting structures.
Ulcers are extremely difficult
to heal and may take many months for complete
repair. Anything that can prevent the development
of an ulcer should be considered seriously.
Bed Sores ( Decubitus ulcers
or pressure sores ) are unnecessary and
can be prevented. The best method of prevention
is to provide an environment for the patient that
does not foster the development of bedsores.
This environment can be produced by
UR Medical Sheepskins. These specially selected,
emerald green colour Medical Sheepskins, add comfort
and give an improved feeling of well-being to
those confined to a bed or wheelchair.
When a person lies directly
on HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin, there are 3 continuous bed
sore ( decubitus ulcer ) prevention effects:
1. Pressure reduction at the
point of body contact with the sheepskin.
2. Reduction of friction and
shearing forces which rub and tear the skin.
3. Prevention of the build-up
of surface moisture on the skin.
Buy HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins
before it is too late to prevent bed sores. Use
them to improve the comfort and well-being of
those confined to a bed or wheelchair.
Clean, condition and disinfect
all sheepskins and wool products with:
Woolskin..the Sheepskin Shampoo & Conditioner.