Pressure Ulcer/Bed Sore/Pressure Sore/Decubitus Ulcer Relief
What is a pressure ulcer?
A pressure ulcer is sometimes called a
bedsore, a pressure sore or a decubitus ulcer.
. It is an injury to the skin and tissue under
it from constant pressure. The pressure on
the tissue over a bony area restricts the
blood supply to the skin and tissue. This
limits oxygen and nutrition to the area. If
the tissue is starved for too long, it dies.
This develops into a pressure ulcer.
Pressure ulcers can appear as a red or purple
spot on the skin, a blister, an open sore, or
as a deep wound. These sores can spread
into the muscle and bone. Pressure ulcers
can result in pain, muscle damage and
Pressure ulcer relief
While ting you can decrease the risk of a
pressure sore. If you have a pressure ulcer
you can help heal it by moving every 15-20
This movement takes pressure off the bones
in your buttocks and increases blood to the
skin and muscles. You will use arm strength
and balance for this move.
1) Lock wheelchair brakes
2) Push down with your arms on the
armrests or wheels and raise your hips
3) Hold this position for at least 30
seconds or repeat ‘wheelchair pushup’
4) Repeat every 15-20 minutes
Weight shifting inchair:
Weight shiftingtakes pressure off the bones in your buttocks,
and increases blood to the skin and muscles. This is easier than the if
‘wheelchair push-up’. Start by:
1) Leaning sideways 2) Leaning forward
1) Lock wheelchair breaks
2) Lean right as far as you can to lift left buttock off the seat
3) Repeat on the left side
4) Lean forward as far as you can to lift right buttock off the seat.
5) Reach for your toes or rest elbows on your knees
6) Hold each position at least 30 seconds
7) Repeat every 15-20 minutes
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