Bedsores Often Avoidable with Proper Preventive Measures

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The use of a heel protector or professional offloading devices can help decrease the incidence of debilitating, potentially dangerous sores, according to DM Systems, Inc.

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Untreated pressure sores can be a major source of infection and debilitation, even leading to death in the most severe cases.

A few basic practices, such as the use of an elbow or heel protector, can help avert bedsores – listed as one of the most avoidable hospital complications in a just released study on hospital safety by Consumer Reports.

Bedsores topped the list, which also included incidents such as collapsed lungs and post-operative hip fractures.

“Our medical experts say that [these] less dramatic events should … never or at least very rarely occur in hospitals,” the Consumer Reports staff wrote in an article that detailed the report findings in the publication’s August 2012 issue.

Vigilance and thorough preparation are the basis for effective pressure sore prevention according to DM Systems, a leading manufacturer of products that prevent and treat heel pressure ulcers.

“Floor nurses should be carefully trained in proper skin inspection practices and in the most appropriate methods of moving patients,” said DM Systems founder Dr. Denis B. Drennan. “Regular repositioning and attentive skin care not only can help prevent skin irritations in the first place but also can keep irritated skin from turning into a pressure ulcer.”

“Once a pressure sore begins to form, the use of a device like an elbow protector or heel protector can offload the pressure that contributes to the ulcer and protect the skin from further damage,” he said.

Preventing bedsores isn’t easy but is well worth the effort; pressure ulcers are notoriously difficult to treat and often can cause serious complications. “Untreated pressure sores can be a major source of infection and debilitation, even leading to death in the most severe cases,” Drennan said.

Founded in 1979, DM Systems manufactures a wide range of wound care, casting, and resistive exercise and rehab products. Click here to learn more about their heel protectors and other wound care products.

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