Educate myself: Decubitus Ulcers

Thought of the series because I have always been passionate about education and educating yourself about issues

Being wheelchair-bound decubitus ulcer’s (bed sores/pressure ulcers) are a constant realistic to worry… even with a nursing education I am still unsure about the proper diagnosis and care of a patient with resultseven with a nursing education I am still unsure about the proper diagnosis and care of a patient with results… This is Relevant relevant to me because Reading requires me to sit on my butt for long periods of time. Also as a compose this post I am doing it through talk to text because I can’t lay on my butt at the moment

My partner and I noticed gray and flaky skin last name and sole Lee messaged my PCP and we’re probably gonna meet with her at the video conference sometime this week

As a fotmer EMT, I’ve actually never seen a decubitus ulcer. All I knew was it was painful, has a distinct smell, and is more severe the deeper you go…

Care:

Turn every 2 hours!

I’ll try to use everyday talk and less nurse talk 😉

How do pressure ulcers form?

Bed sores are the result of tissue death 😱 That occurs from lack of blood flow… When you’re in a position for too long, oxygen may be cut off… That results in tissue death…

According to Web MD, decubitus ulcers are classified into 4 stages (based on severity and depth of affected tissue):

Note; I copy a lot but try to explain HOW I found my source…

1. Stage 1mildest stage, involves the most superficial layers of skin, commonly over bony prominences (head, butt)

Symptoms (S/S): Pain, burning, or itching are common symptoms. The spot may also feel different from the surrounding skin: firmer or softer, warmer or cooler You may notice a red area on your skin. If you have darker skin, the discolored area may be harder to see. The spot doesn’t get lighter when you press on it, or even 10 to 30 minutes after you stop pressing. This means less blood is getting to the area..”

Note: Sogn and sympathetic (C&P from WebMD. There’s more information at https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/pressure-sores-4-stages

2. Stage 2

Symptoms (S/S):

Your skin is broken, leaves an open wound, or looks like a pus-filled blister

The area is swollen, warm, and/or red. The sore may ooze clear fluid or pus. And it’s painful.

3.Stage 3

Symptoms (S/S): The sore looks like a crater and may have a bad odor. It may show signs of infection: red edges, pus, odor, heat, and/or drainage. The tissue in or around the sore is black if it has died.

4.Stage 4

Symptoms (S/S): The sore is deep and big. Skin has turned black and shows signs of infection — red edges, pus, odor, heat, and/or drainage. You may be able to see tendons, muscles, and bone.

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