Bed Sore Prevention: Staff Must Turn & Reposition Bed-Ridden Patients at Regular Intervals
By Nursing Home Law Center
The underlying mechanics behind the development of bed sores (also called: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) is relatively simple – unrelieved pressure on the body results in restricted blood circulation and consequential lack of nutrients and oxygen to skin and tissue. When pressure goes unrelieved for extended periods of time, tissue dies and a wound develops in the area.
Armed with a basic understanding of the mechanics behind the development of bed sores, medical professionals suggest alleviating the pressure on the body on regular intervals.
If a patient is mobile, they should be encouraged to get active on a regular basis. Obviously, for physically incapacitated patients who are unable to move on their own, staff assistance is necessary to relieve pressure.Related Information