Skin moisture and temperature play a role in bed sore development. The inpatient population with elevated skin temperatures and perspiration is at increased risk for pressure ulcer formation.
Here are 5 steps to take towards preventing bedsores:
- Check for incontinence a minimum of every two hours, and as needed.
- Use moisture barrier protectant on skin (e.g., creams, ointments, film-forming skin protectants) as needed to protect and maintain intact skin, or to treat non-intact skin.
- Select absorbent underpads and briefs to wick incontinence moisture away from the skin versus trapping moisture against the skin, causing maceration.
- Assess for fungal infections, and treat as appropriate.
- Change linen frequently for excessive perspiration.