Without a doubt, pressure injuries are easier to prevent than they are to treat and nursing homes have many practices at their disposal to prevent pressures injuries and to stop an existing pressure injury from worsening. Here are some examples.
Nutrition & Comfortability
Residents should be well fed, well hydrated and kept clean and dry.
Change the position of residents who are bed-ridden or in wheelchairs regularly. Bed-bound patients should be moved at least once every two hours.
Special mattresses, including an Air Loss Mattress, can help alleviate the threat of pressure injuries; however these mattresses do not take the place of repositioning the patient at minimum, every two hours.
The use of special heel protectors and boots can help alleviate pressure to the affected areas.
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