Bedsores can occur when areas of the body do not get proper blood flow and circulation. These are unfortunately common for patients who are in wheelchairs and who are bedridden. Those patients who have little to no mobility are at a high risk. Some of the areas of the body that are most at risk are those bony areas that already have reduced blood flow, such as the elbows and hips. Some other terms for these sores include skin ulcers and pressure sores.
Treatment Options for Bedsores
The best method of treatment is actually prevention. By being proactive and keeping the sores from forming in the first place, you will not have to worry about the health issues that can result from these sores. They can be life threatening in many cases.
The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that you relieve the pressure on the areas of the body where the sores are present. Repositioning patients is also a good preventative measure. In fact, repositioning immobile patients every two hours is essential for patients and should be part of the nursing home regimen.