Due to the dangerous potential they represent for the occurrence of chronic or non-healing wounds, pressure ulcers are a top priority on the wound care list at the Bushwick Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. Also called bedsores or decubitus ulcers, they can be caused by prolonged exposure to pressure, and they can affect not only the skin itself but the tissue underneath as well. They often occur at the bony areas of the body that most commonly come into direct contact with surfaces.
Elderly patients often have thinner, drier skin that can sometimes tear easily. This, combined with the nearly constant pressure of remaining in the same positions without much variable activity, drastically increases the chances for developing this type of dermal ulcer. Because elderly patients have compromised immune systems and an increased chance of contracting infections, it is imperative that pressure ulcers be treated as quickly and effectively as possible.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “the assessment and management of a pressure ulcer requires a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach.” The treatment of these complicated injuries can be dependent on the patient’s functional status, nutritional habits, degree of support, and other coexisting conditions. Ideally, the greatest defense is prevention, and our staff does their best to aid patients in avoiding pressure ulcers when possible.