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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 Double Medical Sheep Skin

    Sheepskin Ranch Double Medical Sheep Skin

    SKU: A12471

    $324.99

    The Sheepskin Ranch Double Medical Sheep Skin was designed to reduce pressure at the point of body contact. Not only will the patient be more comfortable with a sheepskin bed pad, they will feel more support in their back, shoulders, and thighs. The Double Medical Sheepskin is created from two natural shaped sheepskins sewn together to make an extended length of 16 square feet.

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  4. Sheepskin Ranch Genuine Natural Medical Sheep Skin

    Sheepskin Ranch Genuine Natural Medical Sheep Skin

    SKU: A12467

    $154.99

    The Sheepskin Ranch Genuine Natural Medical Sheep Skin 36" x 30" is a 100% genuine sheepskin that is perfect for preventing bed sores while keeping the patient cool and comfortable. Natural medical sheepskin helps to prevent decibitus ulcers from forming by: reducing pressure at the point of body contact, eliminating friction and tearing of the skin, and preventing the buildup of surface moisture. The sheepskin contains natural lanolin which helps to sooth and aid in healing when in direct contact with the skin.

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  5. 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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  6. Sheepskin Ranch Natural Medical Sheep Skin Heel Protector

    Sheepskin Ranch Natural Medical Sheep Skin Heel Protector

    SKU: A12469

    $34.99

    Sheepskin Ranch Natural Medical Sheep Skin Heel Protector is a natural way to evenly distribute patient weight and relieve pressure points while remaining comfortable and cool. Bed sores or Decubitus Ulcers are formed by pressure, friction, and moisture. The sheepskin heel protector contains natural lanolin which helps to soothe and aid in healing when in contact with the skin as well as help preventing bed sores from forming. The best results are obtained when the medical sheepskin is in direct contact with the skin.

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  7. Sheepskin Ranch Sheep Skin Wheelchair Seat Cover

    Sheepskin Ranch Sheep Skin Wheelchair Seat Cover

    SKU: A12473

    $169.99

    The Sheepskin Ranch Sheep Skin Wheelchair Seat Cover was designed to reduce pressure at the point of body contact. Not only will the patient be more comfortable with the sheepskin seat cover, their risk of developing a bed sore is dramatically reduced because friction and tearing of the skin is eliminated. Ideal for patients with diabetes or nursing home patients, the sheepskin seat cover evenly distributes the patients' weight because of their resilient and springy feature.

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  8. Sheepskin Ranch Sheep Skin Wheelchair Seat Pad

    Sheepskin Ranch Sheep Skin Wheelchair Seat Pad

    SKU: A12474

    $94.99

    The Sheepskin Ranch Sheep Skin Wheelchair Seat Pad was designed to reduce pressure at the point of body contact. Not only will the patient be more comfortable with the sheepskin seat pad, their risk of developing a bed sore is dramatically reduced because friction and tearing of the skin is eliminated. Build-up and conduction of static electricity is also resisted.

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  9. Skil-Care Corp Heel Float

    Skil-Care Corp Heel Float

    SKU: B11959x

    Starting at: $48.99

    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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  10. Southwest Technologies Heel, Foot & Ankle Protector

    Southwest Technologies Heel, Foot & Ankle Protector

    SKU: B12157x

    Starting at: $24.99

    Pad and protect your heel, foot and ankle. New boot with removable gel insert distributes weight away from bony areas and relieves pressure. The gel insert is fully adjustable within the boot to allow total coverage where desired. Comfortable and easy to use. Learn More
  11. 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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  12. 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
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