Pressure Area Care
Pressure injuries or pressure ulcers are a real risk for individuals with mobility challenges. Overweight individuals and people who remain in bed or a chair for long also suffer pressure injuries due to constant friction or pressure. Pressure injuries are not easy to treat and can have serious health consequences. These injuries usually happen when pressure is put for a long period on a particular part of the body.
Focusing on prevention with the help of the appropriate equipment and regular positional changes is the key to managing the risk of pressure injuries. Get About Mobility offers a wide range of pressure area care products at affordable prices. Contact us today to learn more!
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Buy Pressure Relief Devices for Disabled & Elderly
Get About Mobility is proud to offer a huge range of pressure relief devices at affordable prices. Our range of pressure care devices includes bed overlays, active mattresses, commode cushions, static mattresses, wedge cushions, back supports, and various accessories.
Orthopaedic cushions, electronic mattresses, riser recliners and other pressure care products are designed to provide much-needed support for the elderly or the disabled. These pressure care products allow proper air circulation which helps in reducing the risk of pressure injuries. These products also help in enhancing the quality of sleep of the user.
What Is Pressure Area Care?
When a person is unable to move due to mobility issues, it leads to continuous application of pressure to the skin at particular points which may lead to the formation of pressure sores. Pressure area care is focused on redistributing pressure to reduce or eliminate the risk of pressure ulcers. Common areas affected by pressure sores include:
- Back of the head
- Lower back
- Back of the shoulders
Various aids are available to provide relief from pressure sores. These can also be used to prevent the formation of pressure sores. Some of the common devices used for pressure area care include pressure cushions, pressure gel pads, pressure reducing mattresses, commode cushions, and active mattresses, among other options.
Pressure Area Care Supplies FAQs
What equipment can be used for pressure area care?
A wide range of equipment is available to help provide relief from pressure sores. Some of the commonly used pressure area care equipment include:
- Pressure-relieving mattresses
- Pressure-relieving cushions
- Commode cushions
- Bed overlays
- Active mattresses
- Back supports
- Alarms for turning and repositioning
How do you take care of the pressure area?
A pressure sore or pressure ulcer is caused by constant pressure on any part of the body. Individuals who are unable to move due to an injury or other reasons are at an increased risk of developing pressure injuries. It may look minor but can quickly lead to significant health issues. Usually, these injuries happen over bony areas such as hips, buttocks, elbows, and heels. Common symptoms include swelling, dry patches, warm areas, shiny areas, blisters, change in skin colour and pain in the affected area.
To take care of the pressure area, the patient should be moved frequently whether they are sitting in a chair or bed. Every effort should be made to keep the skin and bedding dry. Make use of pressure care equipment to avoid making the injuries worse.
What is the best way to prevent pressure sores?
Treating pressure sores is not easy and this is why your focus should be on prevention. Here are a few ways to prevent pressure sores:
- Changing body position as frequently as possible
- If you are unable to move, ask the carer to change your position regularly
- Make sure you move your body at least once every 2 hours
- Make use of pressure relieving mattresses and cushions that are specifically designed for pressure care
- Try to prevent dragging your elbows or heels when moving in your chair or bed
- Try to keep your skin completely dry and clean
- Don’t forget to moisturise your skin after washing
- Use smooth bed sheets when lying in bed
- Use a comfortable fabric for bed sheets
- Maintain a balanced diet
- Drink plenty of fluid
- Talk to your carer as soon as you notice bed sores
What is the best cushion to prevent pressure sores?
Use a high profile cushion designed to provide pressure release and pain reduction. Use a cushion that is designed to maintain the neutral shape of your body and helps in even distribution of weight. There are 3 main types of cushions for preventing pressure sores: low risk, medium risk and high risk. Choose the right type after discussing with your healthcare provider.
In terms of materials, you have the option of choosing a memory foam cushion, a gel cushion or an airflow pressure cushion. A gel cushion is best for people who spend the majority of their time sitting in a chair. Memory foam cushion helps in facilitating proper blood circulation by spreading out weight evenly.
Is memory foam good for pressure sores?
Memory foam responds to pressure as well as temperature. It was invented to help astronauts get relief from strains of G forces. It has been used for decades in the medical industry to prevent bedsores and reduce the risk of developing pressure sores. It helps in reducing pressure points and keeps you comfortable.
Are gel cushions good for pressure sores?
Gel cushions are extremely effective at preventing pressure sores. These cushions combine viscoelastic form and silicone gel to ensure even distribution of body weight and proper air circulation. It is a good choice for individuals who spend a significant amount of time in a seated position.