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How to Prevent Bed Sores While Using Hospital Beds?

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How to Prevent Bed Sores While Using Hospital Beds?


Hospital beds bring the patients many benefits while using hospital beds, but there are still some disadvantages of using hospital beds, for example, it might cause bed sores. You might wonder how to prevent bed sores during lying on the hospital beds. As a manufacturer of hospital beds with 12 years'  experience, Maidesite can share some suggestions with you.


First of all, the caregivers should re-position the patients frequently, if the patients lie on the bed for a too long time, it may cause bed sores,many people realize that it is not good and often help change the position.


Secondly, it is better to choose a better mattress for the hospital bed. If the bed is too tough or soft, it is not good for the patients either. Maidesite sells mattress as well, please check here.


Thirdly, seek for devices help to re-position, if the patient has enough strength to go up, he can use a device to re-position himself. In this way, if the patient is alone and he feels uncomfortable, he can elevate the hospital bed to a better position.


Last but not least, the caregiver should help adjust the elevation of the hospital bed to find a best position for the patient and to avoid bed sores. A proper height or angel of the hospital bed is important for the patient, ask him during adjusting so that you can find the best position to make the patient comfortable.


How Bedsores Develop in Hospital Patients

Bedsores refer to ulcerated skin and underlying tissue that is damaged by continuous pressure and irritation on some part of the body. The pressure sore commonly develops on bony prominence where bone is close to the surface of the skin such as on the hips, heels, ankles, toes, feet, sacrum, shoulders, shoulder blades and the back of the head. The compression to underlying tissue and skin can cause damage to blood vessels. However, friction can also form bedsores where the rubbing of skin, such as dragging a body part across the surface of the bed or wheelchair can produce significant damage that develops into an open wound.


Typically, mobility-challenged patients are most susceptible to developing pressure ulcers, especially if the individual spends long periods sitting in a wheelchair or lying in bed. The potential of developing a bedsore is intensified if the patient suffers from various maladies and medical conditions including:


Seriously ill persons including those in the intensive care unit

Patient suffering a spinal cord injury and unable to move their extremities

Individuals who are malnourished, dehydrated or suffer conditions developed by a poor diet



Using Mattresses and Other Devices to Prevent Bedsores

To minimize the potential of developing a facility-acquired bedsore, nursing staff must follow best practices to prevent the condition. This includes assessing the patients at risk of developing a bedsore, which is usually performed by qualified healthcare professional. This assessment must be routinely reviewed because the patient's situation can change. Protocols to minimize the development of a pressure sore include:


Change the position of the patient as much as possible including repositioning the body in a chair or bed no less than one time every two hours

Support the patient's feet

Keep the patient hydrated and nourished

Routinely assess the skin to look for any detectable sign of a sore

Use pressure-relieving mattresses and pad systems

An untreated decubitus ulcer can easily become infected and spread to the bone (osteomyelitis) or to blood (blood poisoning or septicemia).


Other than bed sores, there are many other aspects that people need to pay attention to while using hospital beds. Our website will continue to post articles like this, please follow us to get more information! Stay tuned!