Sore points which should never affect elderly people


Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The fact that Superman actor Christopher Reeve, tragically paralysed after a riding accident, eventually died from complications relating to a pressure sore illustrates how common and how intractable the problem of bed care for immobile patients has become. Some studies estimate that between three and 10 per cent of patients in hospital develop pressure sores, the great majority of them older people. Younger people with neurological damage are also likely to suffer because they typically remain in one position and are unable to feel irritation or pressure building. The condition is common among people who are confined to bed because of illness, impairment or simply old age. Care homes, which have a disproportionate number of patients in this situation, must take stringent precautions to try to prevent pressure sores even arising as an issue on their premises. Known medically as decubitus ulcers, they arise from continuous pressure or rubbing on vulnerable bony areas of the body which are also prone to moistur





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