Pressure injury care

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      Came across this article about strategies to avoid pressure injuries: http://www.newmobility.com/2019/09/strategies-to-avoid-pressure-sores/

      Do you use any of these techniques? Do you have any tips on how to look after pressure injuries that may not be included here?

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      Jason
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      I agree entirely with the above article.

      It makes so much sense.

      After I suffered a grade 4 pressure injury from a minor skin tear I also needed flap surgery and many months in bed recovering.

      If you have not experienced it, believe me that you don,t want to!

      Avoidance is better than the cure!

      I always use roho pressure relieving cushions on my manual wheelchair, car seat and shower bench.

      Wherever you sit for prolonged periods it is important to not only do pressure relieving practices but use pressure relieving equipment to reduce the risk of shearing and/or Deep Tissue Injury from repetitive transfers.

      It would be a good idea to use such a cushion at the movies or air travel or anywhere that may not be suitable to put pressure on the ischium area or sitting bones.

      Pressure area wounds can also develop on other bony area such as heals, toes and elbows and can be also caused from heat and moisture.

      Never use heat pads in bed as blistering can also result in such wounds as well as hot drink spills.

      For less severe pressure wounds sometimes pico dressings or vac dressing which heal wounds faster with negative pressure are used before flap surgery is necessary. Honey is also proven to be good for minor skin repair in some cases. Silver dressings can also help with wound infections.

       

    • #8228
      Jess SCIA
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      Protein intake is a big one also as your skin uses protein to regenerate itself. So simple shakes and snacks with added protein should also help.

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