6 Ways to Prevent & Treat Bedsores

6 Ways to Prevent & Treat Bedsores

Recently, my mother’s nurse underwent cardiac surgery and unfortunately, was not recovering too well. As a result, she was bedridden and had started developing bed sores, which are also known as pressure ulcers. After she asked me for some advice on what to do, I did a little research and this is what I found.

Treatment options to consider

  1. Doctors should recommend either protein or amino acid supplements for their patients, in order to reduce the size of their wounds.
  2. Foam or hydrocolloid dressings can also help shrinking the size of bedsores in affected patients.
  3. As an optional – but not necessary – treatment, electrical stimulation could prove to be beneficial for patients in order to accelerate the rate at which their wounds can heal.

Preventative measures you can take

  1. See a clinician to identify whether you may be at a higher risk for developing pressure ulcers.
  2. If so, take a look at your mattress to see if it is an advanced, static one – that will be key for ensuring you are using the right one to prevent future bedsores.
  3. Avoid alternating between air mattresses and air overlays if you are at a higher risk.

These are all recommendations from the American College of Physicians, and it is a simple yet educational guideline to increase our awareness of how to deal with bedsores – whether it be our friends or family, it’s a harsh reality for many that are bedridden. I was grateful to have been prompted into re-educating myself, and I hope that sharing it with you proves to be helpful as well!

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD