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How to Keep from Getting Bed Sores

Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, develop when a person stays in one position for a long period of time, leading to reduced blood flow and damage to the skin and underlying tissue. The following are some ways to prevent bed sores:

  1. Change positions frequently: Avoid staying in one position for an extended period of time. Change positions every two hours or more often if possible.

  2. Use pressure-relieving devices: Mattresses, cushions, and pads designed to reduce pressure on the skin can be used to prevent bed sores. Make sure to choose a device that is appropriate for the individual's weight, size, and level of mobility.

  3. Keep the skin clean and dry: Clean the skin with mild soap and warm water, and pat dry gently. Avoid scrubbing the skin, which can cause further damage.

  4. Moisturize the skin: Use a moisturizing lotion to keep the skin soft and supple, which can help prevent friction and damage.

  5. Maintain a healthy diet: A balanced diet with adequate protein, vitamins, and minerals is important for maintaining healthy skin.

  6. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can improve circulation and help prevent pressure ulcers.

  7. Seek medical attention if necessary: If you notice any signs of skin damage, such as redness, swelling, or open sores, seek medical attention immediately.

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