Category Archives: Patient Safety

Mattresses to Prevent Bed Sores

When a person is bedridden for an undefined period of time due to some ailment, their body can become prone to many other afflictions besides the current one. The human body was made for running, jumping, standing and other activities. Being immobile for such a long period can cause the body to experience pressure from the weight of the bones and lead to the development of pressure sores or bed sores.

Mattresses to Prevent Bed Sores 1For someone who is unable to get up and exercise, even for a minimum amount of time, the chances of developing bedsores greatly increases because of the amount of pressure being exerted over soft tissue in places such as the heels, the knees, the elbows, the ribcage, the thighs,  the toes, the hips and the tailbone. Pressure on these areas causes the blood supply to be completely or partially cut off causing the tissue to die. If pressure is still exerted on the same spot, the skin will eventually become thinner and thinner until it breaks, often causing an open wound.

Mattresses to Prevent Bed Sores 21Such bedsores are painful and cause the patient considerable pain since they often have to lie or sit on them. With the wound being open, bedsores cause the patient to be susceptible to infections which can lead to the patient suffering from blood poisoning because of germs.

Mattresses to Prevent Bed Sores 3Although bedsores are treatable, they can be very painful for the patients, so it is best to practice methods that can reduce the chances of developing bedsores. One way that the risk can be lowered is by redistributing the weight of the patient with the help of special mattresses. They are usually made of special moldable foam or gel which encompasses the patient’s body in such a way as to properly distribute their weight over the surface.

With the help of the special mattresses coupled with vigilant exercise, bedsores can be kept at bay from the patient. However, the usage of special mattresses as such can only reduce the risk of a patient developing bedsores; it does not mean that the risk has been eliminated.

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Home Safety for the Elderly

Elderly care is important because aging people generally are more prone to injuries. There are many reasons attributing to this. Aging brings many physical changes in a person’s body which may contribute towards accidents. The skin depletes and loses its elasticity, muscles become drained, bones become brittle, eyesight and hearing power decrease, and basic reflex skills are not the same.

All these prevent elderly people from protecting themselves properly. Therefore, their family or those that take care of them must be proactively cautious and equip their house with elderly safety products.

General Points

  • Keep all emergency numbers close to the phone. Make sure the font is large enough, and can easily be read without glasses.
  • The doors and windows should have secure locks.
  • Store medicines along with their inscription in an easily reachable area.
  • Floors should not be slippery. If they are, cover the surface with wall to wall carpeting. It should be properly glued to the floor so there is no chance of tumbling.
  • Install safety alarms sensors around the house.

Kitchen

  • All cabinets in the kitchen should be at a moderate height. If this is not possible, all those things which are used should be shifted to the lower cabinets.
  • Install light switches close to the doors.
  • All electronic items must be in good working order. There should be no loose or dangling wires.

Bathrooms

  • Fix grab bars on the walls especially near the toilet.
  • Keep a non skid mat near the bathing area to prevent slips.
  • The water should be at a moderate temperature. Elderly people have sensitive skin which is more likely to feel heat.

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