Stage IV pressure ulcers

27 Oct

Bed sores or pressure ulcers are really bad. Since I do not have patients for that long of a time it is always hard to imagine how this process happens. Whenever I see a Stage IV ulcer on the sacral area I am always shocked. It is like you can actually see meat and bone. When you add continuous seepage of diarrhea to that it is just awful! The Wound V.A.C. system is really cool and seems to work well. The link has a video of how to apply the Wound Vac system/dressing to a wound.  Rectal tubes are great! Anyway they work to keep the stool off of the skin and out of the deep cavity of the that Stage IV wound and off of the wound VAC dressing.

I know how these wounds develop, it is just really sad. That is why it is just so important that these patients are turned! Prevention is the most important measure to take a stand against this. I mean it is just mind boggling to turn a patient over to inspect their skin and back and you find a huge gaping hole in their back with meat and bone exposed! Red tissue! Muscles and bones! Here is a picture of a pressure ulcer taken
an attorney website here.  They represent those patients where nursing neglect or abuse has been alleged. Pt who can not move themselves must be placed on a special bed and turned at least every two hours. Nutrition has to be optimized.  It can be hard on a busy floor to manage this, but it has to be done.

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2 Responses to “Stage IV pressure ulcers”

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