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Bed Sores & Blisters

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How to Prevent Bed Sores and Pressure Sores

Bed Sores, also known as pressure sores, lesions common found in the elderly or bedridden that, if left untreated, are often fatal. One of the leading iatrogenic causes of death in developed countries, pressure sores (also known as decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers) are caused by a number of factors including: unrelieved pressure, friction, humidity, shearing forces, temperature, age, continence, and medication. Bed sores can form on any part of the body, especially bony or cartilaginous areas such as the elbows, knees, head, sacrum, ankles, and hips. Bed Sores are completely preventable as long as the proper precautions are taken.

Preventing Bed Sores

The first and most important way to prevent bed sores and pressure sores is to relieve the pressure by turning the patient every two hours. Depending on the patient"s condition, numerous products can be used as a barrier for their skin to help prevent the formation of bed sores. Gelbodies use a pressure relieving gel called TRUGEL commonly found in high-end wheelchair cushions encased in a cotton-lycra material that feels soft against the skin and keeps it cool. By relieving pressure, Gelbodies not only help prevent bed sores, but they also provide added comfort and improved circulation. Gelbodies are available for parts of the body where bed sores are commonly found, such as heels, elbows, and shins.

For patients that are bedridden, a convoluted foam mattress overlay can be added to the bed to relieve pressure and prevent bed sores. The egg crate style pad distributes body weight evenly and provides cool, dry, comfortable place to sleep. Caregivers will also use sheepskin products to help prevent bed sores and pressure sores. Natural medical sheepskin products by Sheepskin Ranch are available to protect elbows and heels, and are also available as bed pads and wheelchair cushions.

Bed sores and pressure sores are very dangerous and often fatal. Besides considerable pain, bed sores can lead to autonomic dysreflexia, bladder distension, osteomyelitis, pyarthroses, sepsis, amyloidosis, anemia, urethral fistula, gangrene and very rarely malignant transformation. Often, sores can be recurring because patients and caregivers have not followed bed sore prevention guidelines or they have developed an infection. Paralytic patients are the most common sufferers of bed sores, such as the case with actor Christopher Reeve who passed away in 2004 from complications related to a pressure ulcer. However, if the proper precautions are taken, bed sores are completely preventable. Browse this section for the best choices of products to help prevent pressure sores from forming.

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  1. Carex Inflatable Invalid Ring Cushion

    Carex Inflatable Invalid Ring Cushion

    SKU: B10454

    $16.99

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  2. ROHO Prodigy Mattress Overlay System

    ROHO Prodigy Mattress Overlay System

    SKU: A21871

    $239.99

    The ROHO Prodigy Mattress Overlay System is a revolutionary skin breakdown protection and pain management bed pad.

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  3. Sheepskin Ranch Natural Medical Sheep Skin Elbow Protector

    Sheepskin Ranch Natural Medical Sheep Skin Elbow Protector

    SKU: A12468

    $30.99

    The Sheepskin Ranch Natural Medical Sheep Skin Elbow Protector is the perfect option for those long term patients who may need assistance in preventing Decubitus Ulcer from forming. The natural leather and pure virgin wool fleece will feel soft and soothing on your elbow, while comforting and relieving pressure sores at the same time. The sheepskin contains natural lanolin which soothes and helps in healing when in direct contact with the skin. The Sheep skin elbow protector are very simple to put on because of the velcro fasteners and also for patient comfort.

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  4. Skil-Care Corp Heel Float

    Skil-Care Corp Heel Float

    SKU: B11959x

    Starting at: $64.99

    Protect the skin of bed patients by suspending their heels over an air cavity to reduce the danger of pressure ulcers.

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  5. Spenco Silicore Bed Pad

    Spenco Silicore Bed Pad

    SKU: B11961

    $149.99

    The Spenco® Silicore® Bed Pad is a comfortable and therapeutic mattress pad that protects users by reducing friction, shear force and pressure on sensitive areas.

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  6. Spenco SILICORE Foot Pillows

    Spenco SILICORE Foot Pillows

    SKU: B11962

    $24.99

    Provide pressure relief to feet, heels and ankles with Velcro closures(Foot positioner SPE31609 shown not included) Learn More
  7. ROHO Mosaic Cushion

    ROHO Mosaic Cushion

    SKU: A21856

    $99.99

    The ROHO Mosaic Wheelchair Cushion is an flexible, lightweight and comfortable support cushion designed to help prevent and relieve pressure ulcers and skin breakdown. Learn More
  8. ROHO Hybrid Elite Cushion

    ROHO Hybrid Elite Cushion

    SKU: A21844x

    $405.00

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  9. ROHO AirLITE Cushion

    ROHO AirLITE Cushion

    SKU: A21846x

    $169.99

    The ROHO AirLite Cushion is a anatomically contoured positioning device designed to provide stable and reliable support for the pelvis and lower extremities.

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  10. Essential Medical Supply Sheepette Heel Protector

    Essential Medical Supply Sheepette Heel Protector

    SKU: B10709

    $14.99

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  11. Gelbodies Heel and Ankle Protectors

    Gelbodies Heel and Ankle Protectors

    SKU: A12623x

    $40.99

    When a patient is confined to a bed for a long period of time, pressure sores can form at multiple points on the body that do not have much fat to pad them, due to a decrease in blood circulation to those areas. Depending on how severe the sore is, they can go down to the muscle and even the bone making it difficult and painful for the patient to move. Pressure sores can be very serious, especially if infected.

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  12. Gelbodies Heel and Elbow Protectors

    Gelbodies Heel and Elbow Protectors

    SKU: A12618x

    $34.99

    When a patient is confined to a bed for a long period of time, pressure sores can form at multiple points on the body that do not have much fat to pad them, due to a decrease in blood circulation to those areas.

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