Learn how to prevent pressure sores

Learn how to prevent pressure sores

PREVENTING PRESSURE
SORES
Preventing pressure sores involves:
•  taking good care of your skin
•  checking your skin often
•  shifting or moving your weight regularly to prevent pressure from
building up
•  using the best possible equipment to minimize pressure
•  choosing healthy foods and drinking enough fluid
•  changing personal habits that put you at greater risk.
These are the guidelines that experts agree on.

SKIN CARE GUIDELINES
USE AVOID
Warm water and
liquid, pH-balanced
cleanser
Perfumes and other ingredients that may bother
your skin; bar soap
Gentle wash cloth Rubbing or scrubbing, which can damage blood
vessels and tissue
pH-balanced
moisturizer, fragrance
and alcohol free
Keep skin clean
and dry
Moisture, sweat and urine. If you are having
problems with your bowel or bladder routine get
help from a member of your health care provider
SKIN CHECKS You should check your skin often—twice a day is good . Checking often means that you know what is normal for your skin . That helps you to spot changes . If you need help checking your skin, try to have the same person help you all the time, so that they know what is normal for your skin too . A skin check involves looking at and touching your skin, paying special attention to areas where pressure could build up .
HOW TO CHECK YOUR SKIN LOOK FOR:

FEEL FOR: USE A MIRROR OR PHONE
•darkened,bruising,  or  any  change  of  colour
•  changes  in  texture,  such  as  rashes,  dryness,  or  swelling
•  cracks,  scabs,  and  blisters
• a  difference  in  skin  temperature from surrounding areas
• hardness  or  softness  different  from the surrounding skin .
• use  long-handled  mirror  to       check parts of your skin you can’t see
• ask  someone  else  to  hold  the mirror

*Some  people  use  their  phones  to  check  places  on  their skin they cannot see, by having someone take photos .

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