Palomar Health Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Centers treat all of the following:
About Pressure Ulcers
A pressure ulcer is caused by prolonged sitting or lying (pressure) in one position long enough to cause damage to underlying tissue which erupts to the skin. The wound/ulcer may be very painful. It may drain a large or small amount depending on the level of injury. The most common sites for pressure ulcers are on the buttocks or heels.
What to Do
- Change position at least every two hours.
- Avoid lying directly on the ulcer.
- Avoid sliding or dragging over the bed or chair,which may lead to more pressure damage.
- While in bed, lie at a 45-degree angle with pillows to support the back. This avoids pressure directly on the hip.
- Place pillows under the legs to suspend the heels and eliminate pressure to them. Do not place pillows
under the bend of the knee.
- Encourage good nutrition and fluid intake to help heal the ulcer.
- Control episodes of incontinence so the ulcer remains clean and dry.
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