Sore Prevention using Australian Medical Sheepskins
"It's a good thing we toss and turn in bed. That
movement continually redistributes the pressure between our bodies
and the mattress. If illness or injury prevents you from moving
around, pressure builds up on specific areas of the body. This can
cause skin and other tissues to die, creating a bedsore. A few
simple steps, however, can help prevent these painful, dangerous,
and costly sores, reports the November 2006 issue of the Harvard
Bed sores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers are painful, debilitating and unnecessary. Use this
guide to learn about bed sores and their prevention. Bed sores can develop very
quickly and may progress into a Stage 4 pressure ulcer; like the one
shown below. Preventing this from happening should be of primary
concern for caregivers.
Bed sores tend to develop on people who are confined to
a bed or chair.
Most often they are first seen in the tail-bone or ankle areas.
Fortunately, the risk of developing bed sores can be reduced
significantly. Preventing bedsores is the logical and most humane
method you have of caring for those confined to a bed or wheelchair.
Bedsores are unnecessary and, 95% of the time, can be prevented. -
American Family Physician, October 1996: v54, n5,
1. Take care of the skin:
Inspect the skin daily. Pay special attention to red areas and
pressure points. Minimize moisture contact with the skin. Australian
Medical sheepskins reduce pressure and wick moisture away from the
skin, keeping it dry.
2. Protect the skin from injury:
Avoid massaging skin over bony areas. Change body position at least
every 2 hours- more frequently in a chair. Reduce friction (
rubbing) by lifting rather than dragging. Do not use donut shape
cushions. These can increase the risk of getting pressure ulcers by
reducing blood flow in the areas of contact with the cushion. If the patient is confined to bed,
pressure points with Australian Medical Sheepskins. The head of the
bed should be raised as little as possible. When the head of the bed
is raised above 30 degrees, the skin may slide over the bed surface,
damaging skin and small blood vessels. Pillows or wedges should be
used to keep knees and ankles from touching each other. Patients
should avoid lying directly on the hip bone when lying on their
side. Pillows and Medical Sheepskin may help. If the patient is
completely immobile, pillows should be put under their legs from
mid-calf to ankle to keep heels off the bed. Never place pillows
under the knees. This cuts off blood circulation.
Use Australian Medical
Sheepskins to protect the skin from injury.
3. Eat well:
Eat a balance diet. Proteins and calories are very important for
healthy skin. Healthy skin is less liable to be damaged.
4. Improve the patients ability to move:
A rehabilitation program can help some people gain movement and
independence. The patient can help to prevent most pressure
Bed Sores, decubitus ulcers and pressure sores develop through 4
stages. Notify your medical practitioner and nursing staff if you
notice any of the following:
Stage 1. You will notice redness of the intact skin. The skin is
unbroken, but inflamed and may be painful and warm to the touch. You
might also notice the skin's texture may be spongy or firm.
Stage 2. Here you will see the first sign of skin breakdown and
partial skin loss. It will look like an abrasion, blister or shallow
crater. The outer layer of the skin is broken, red and painful.
Surrounding tissue may be pale, red or swollen.
Stages 3 & 4 result in ulcer production. The skin has broken down
and there is extensive destruction or damage to the underlying
muscle, bone or supporting structures.
Ulcers are extremely difficult to heal and may take many months for
complete repair. Preventing the development of an ulcer should be
Bed sores, decubitus ulcers
and pressure sores are unnecessary and
can be prevented. Prevention is possible when you provide an
environment for the patient that does not foster the formation of
bedsores. This environment can be produced by
Australian HiTemp UR
These pressure, shear and moisture reducing devices are approved by
the FDA as Medical Devices.
If a bed sore has developed
already, the best thing that you can do is to try and remove the
cause of the bed sore. Pressure often causes bedsores. Pressure
against the small blood vessels in the skin will cause them to
collapse. Thus, blood flow to that area will cut off. Skin cells
will be deprived of oxygen and nutrients and will die. The death of
the skin is the beginning of what is recognized as a bed sore. To
prevent this from happening, you must reduce the pressure on the
skin. This can be achieved by lying/sitting on a Australian Medical
Sheepskin. Australian Medical Sheepskins also wick moisture away
from the skin; keeping it dry and firm. Moist skin is more likely to
tear when a person moves. Australian Medical Sheepskins reduce
friction. If a person lies directly on a Australian Medical
Sheepskin, skin abrasion and tears are less likely to happen.
Premium grade Australian
Medical Sheepskins (AS4480-1 1998) add comfort and an improved
feeling of well-being to those confined to a bed or wheelchair. The
2004 clinical trial at the Royal Melbourne Hospital found that
people placed on these Australian Medical Sheepskins had 58% fewer
bed sores than those placed on regular bed linen. For clinical trial
details, click: Research
When a person rests on a
HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin,
there are 3 continuous bed sore prevention
1. Pressure reduction at the point of body contact with the
2. Reduction of friction and shearing forces which rub and tear the
3. Prevention of the build-up of skin moisture.
Effective caregivers use
HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins
to prevent or manage bed sores.
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