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Bedsores and Neglect

Most bed sores can be prevented. Each caregiver should develop an individual plan of care which will best assure the patient will not unnecessarily suffer from a pressure ulcer. The following generally represent some of the precautions which healthcare providers should, but too often fail to undertake:

1. A thorough assessment, and frequent reassessment, must be made of the patient’s risk for developing a bed sore;

2. The patient should be bathed frequently and thoroughly;

3. The patient’s incontinence should be treated to assure that the moisture on the skin does not contribute to the development of a pressure sore;

4. Appropriate nutrition and hydration must be maintained;

5. Repositioning of the patient should occur with a frequency to assure that the pressure is adequately relieved;

6. Use of appropriate support devices should be maintained to relieve pressure from troublesome areas;

7. Postural alignment, distribution of weight, balance and stability, and pressure relief should be considered when positioning people in chairs or wheelchairs;

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