Pressure ulcers are treated by removing the pressure on the wound, containing the infection by keeping it clean, staying hydrated, and eating a high-protein diet. Depending on the severity of the wound, treatment may be more intensive.
In a pressure ulcer where the skin is not broken, or where only the first and/or second layers of skin are broken, treatment is relatively simple. First, reduce the source of pressure on the wound. You can use pillows or cushions to give the needed support without exerting undue pressure on the ulcer, and you should change positions frequently.
It’s also essential to clean the wound often. If the skin isn’t broken, you can simply use soap and water, but if the skin is broken, you should use salt water, which is more effective for removing dead tissue. You might also want to use a moisturizer or cream to soothe the skin, but don’t massage it or use hydrogen peroxide, as this will make it worse.
Drinking lots of water and eating a healthy diet will help turn the ulcer around. Eat high protein foods like meat, fish, dairy, and soy. You should also take antibiotics to speed up the recovery process. And in some cases, a dietary supplement like zinc can help.
If a pressure ulcer has advanced to stage 3 or 4, where the wound reaches the underlying tissue, muscle, or bone, then you should see a doctor immediately. Ulcers at this stage generally require surgery, and won’t heal on their own.
Many elderly people develop pressure ulcers in nursing homes, where they are stationary for long periods of time. Nursing homes have a legal duty to use reasonable care to prevent pressure ulcers, and, in the event that a resident develops pressure ulcers, their nursing home should provide the necessary treatment or help the resident seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If a nursing home fails to take the necessary precautions, and a resident develops pressure ulcers, the nursing home may be liable for the resulting injuries. This means the nursing home may be responsible for medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and pain and suffering.
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