For Bedridden Peeps........To Keep Decubiti/Bed Sores in Check

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/26/2005 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
.......When you have a loved one or are the caretaker for someone that is totally bedridden they will have a tendency to break down in the coxic (bottom of tailbone) area.............they should be turned every couple of hours and if you notice skin is getting red and and irritated a good thing to apply is a antibiotic creme(hydrocotisone creme thins the skin)and a gauze pad could be applied for a couple hours at a time but the sore should have some air.Bottom should be kept dry and if you find that depends are to expensive they have "blue absorbent pads" that just lay under their botttom ,and these are easier to change without disturbing the person too much..............While working in nursing homes I saw so many of these horrid sores on peeps and alot of the times it was caused by the patient not being changed out of the position for hours on end...............OT just a bit here but kinda a funny story ...was the administrator of a home and before I had gone off shift for the night had asked the nurse on duty to "turn Ernie"(he had sore) anyways came on in the am  and sure enough the nurse had turned him .....she took the bed out with the kitchen staffs help and turned the whole bed around.I could do nothing but laugh and till this day I still tease Brenda about this,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,If anyone has Q about the decubiti please feel free to ask................Happy Easter to all............and I really want to let peeps that look after their loved ones know that they are heroes in my books it is a hard job but has so many warm and beautiful rewards...........God Bless            
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   Posted 3/26/2005 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Keeping a bed patient hydrated,turned every one to two hours,& keeping all red areas massaged with a good cream,is a must.
The skin must be protected,or it will break down,any red areas not cared for will turn into a decubitus.
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   Posted 3/26/2005 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
....SnowyLynne .great advice see we never lose the "nursing " touch you hit on the spots I missed .... ......take care and GOD bless you and hubby ......Have a Great Easter


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   Posted 3/27/2005 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Snowy, Hey Lyn!!!

Hope you both had a blessed Easter!! Lyn . . . thanks for the great advice. I didn't realize how often a bed patient had to be moved. It does make sense though.

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   Posted 4/11/2007 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
For sure sis
Another Easter has passed and we have come full circle
How ya doing

Once the decubiti start they will explode and can go right to bone causing SEVERE pain and sometimes even making AD progress
Keep an eye on any open areas
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   Posted 4/13/2007 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Padraigs last post has some info about how he saw his wifes bottom and what it looked like
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   Posted 4/16/2007 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Please do check your loved one over from head to toe ( just say you will put on her night clothes or whatever ) they cannot stop you
Decubiti can get really bad and very quickly ......
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   Posted 4/23/2007 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Think this is very important info please do for your loved one even if they are in homes and if you see a sore on the side they are laying ask nurse or you turn her over ......if small legs use a pillow between to stop knees from bruising and breaking open ....
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   Posted 5/16/2007 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
heels,ankles,shoulders,knees,elbows are all potential spots for decubitus if not kept clean & dry & of course turned every 2 hours at least.
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   Posted 5/16/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Mother been bedridden near a year now and often have seen spots looking like they were turning into something I had never seen before. Nurse told me they were bedsores, though the skin had not broken yet.

I bought some Balmex cream and rubbing alcohol. First thing I did was take that diaper off her and expose the area to air for near 3 days. (Just used bed padding instead of diaper and kept her off the spots.) As I saw them improving, I started massaging the areas with rubbing alcohol, patting as well to bring circulation to the areas. Continued this until I saw more improvement, then started using Balmex, putting it on very thickly. Sores all gone now!

Keeping a close eye on all parts of mother now and, whenever I see anything looking different, I massage and pat with rubbing alcohol. (Yes, I know it dries the skin. Yes, I also know it helps toughen it.) After which I coat with Balmex. All this seems to be working well!
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   Posted 5/17/2007 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes Snowy
All those areas are really important as well thanks

Welcome to Hw
I am so glad you found the breaking down of your Mom's skin and reacted quickily
You know the nurses should have been keeping a closer eye and treating considering they "Knew " it was bedsores that she had
I am very impressed with your wonderful and loving care

Please do stay with us and your input is most welcome

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   Posted 5/20/2007 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
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