What Steps can be Taken to Minimize the Risk of Developing Bed Sores?

By Nursing Home Law Center

Minimize Bedsore Risk

The following steps are widely accepted as helping bed sore prevention:

  • Implementing a turning schedule for patients who are at risk for developing pressure ulcers
  • Educating staff on skin integrity
  • Encouraging staff to communicate concerns over skin issues during shift changes
  • Ensuring appropriate nutrition and hydration of all residents
  • Using pressure relieving devices as needed, such as heel boots, pillows, pressure relieving mattress and pillows
  • Using appropriate lifting devices to help reduce friction on area prone to skin breakdown
  • Keeping residents clean and dry
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