Pressure Ulcers (Sores) develop from sustained pressure on the skin, when individual sit in a chair or lay in bed for a lengthy period. The ulcers are most common for elderly people suffering from poor health, as they are less mobile so are less likely to change position on a regular basis. Skin and tissue become damaged by the constant pressure, eventually wearing away and revealing the bone.
For individuals with less fatty tissue or cushioning around the bone, the ulcers will develop in areas such as the heels, elbows or buttocks area (bony areas). Pressure ulcers also develop if the body has poor circulation, the lack of blood being pumped around the body reduces the nutrients for the skin and increases the chance of ulcer formation.
Damage beneath the skin can begin in as little as two hours of sustained pressure. There are four stages for a pressure ulcer, each stage gradually becomes worse and more of a threat to the individual’s health if left untreated.
Pressure ulcers can be prevented by individuals being kept active, or have assistance in moving every so often. To reduce pressure on the common areas, foam cushions and mattresses can both prevent and treat pressure ulcers, contributing to the good health of patients.
Weight is distributed when the correct pressure relieving mattresses and cushions are used, preventing the skin from breaking. Some mattresses, such as the Kinetic Air have castellated foam tops, which allows the mattress foam to breath therefore preventing the patient from overheating and developing sweat moisture is also a contributor to pressure ulcers.
Pressure Ulcers have a huge impact upon a patient’s life, and need proper care to ensure they do not further decline. The range of products at Harvest Healthcare contribute to the correct treatment necessary for ulcers and provides patients with increased levels of comfort.
Please call and speak to a member of the team, to ensure your patients and loved ones are using the correct pressure relieving products.