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Bedsore/Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Bedsores are easier to prevent than to treat, but that doesn't mean the process is easy or uncomplicated. Wounds may still develop with consistent, appropriate preventive care. Position changes are key to pressure sore prevention. These changes need to be frequent, repositioning needs to avoid stress on the skin, and body positions need to minimize the risk of pressure on vulnerable areas. Other strategies include skin care, regular skin inspections and good nutrition. Protecting and monitoring the condition of the skin is important for preventing pressure sores and identifying Stage 1 sores before they worsen. Additionally, managing incontinence, both urinary and bowel, should be addressed to prevent moisture and bacterial exposure to skin. Care may include frequently scheduled assistance with urinating, frequent diaper changes, protective lotions on healthy skin, urinary catheters or rectal tubes.

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