Discharge Instructions Treating Pressure Sores
(your physician will provide you with the specifics according to your pressure sores)
- Begin by washing your hands with antibacterial soap.
- Clean the area(s) with ____________________
___ times a day.
- Dress the sore with ______________________
___ times a day.
- Protect skin around the wound with cream or ointment such as ___________________
- Keep pressure off your sore. Use of chair cushions or special mattresses may be suggested. Avoid donut-shaped cushions. Change position often - every 1-2 hours in bed, and at least every hour in a chair. If you are able to shift your own weight, do so every 15 minutes while sitting.
- Learn how to prevent new pressure sores.
- Clean skin as soon as it is soiled.
- To control moisture, use absorbent pads or briefs with a quick-drying surface such as ________________________
- Protect intact skin with cream or ointment.
- Use a moisturizer on dry skin.
- Avoid massaging over bony points.
- Good nutrition is important for healing. Protein is needed for growth and repair of body cells. Protein also helps the body fight infection.
- Eat a balanced diet. Include 2-3 servings of high protein foods each day, such as: meat fish poultry eggs dairy products dried beans and peas tofu nuts and nut butters
- If you cannot get enough calories and protein from food alone, drink nutritional supplements such as: Ensure, Resource (regular or diabetic), or Boost _____ times a day. These supplement your food intake. They do not replace your meals.
- Take vitamins as directed by your doctor. The recommended vitamins and dosage for wound healing are: Zinc - 220 mg. 3 times per day for 2 weeks; Vitamin C - 500 mg. 2 times per day; Multivitamin with Vitamin B
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sugary drinks.
- Your doctor should approve all nutritional and vitamin recommendations.
Signs of infection
- Fever and/or chills
- Increased pain at the sore that can not be explained
- Increased redness or warmth
- Increased or odorous drainage
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