October 22, 2017

Treatment of Bedsores

Bedsore treatment is possible, especially at early stages, however, bedsore treatment becomes more difficult as the wound progresses to later stages.  Bedsores in the early stages (1 or 2) will usually respond to treatment, and healing of the skin occurs within several weeks.  However, once bedsores progress to more advanced stages, treatment and healing become more difficult and can lead to complications.  The specific treatment of a bedsore will depend on the stage to which the sore has progressed.  Bedsore treatment, and the establishment of a treatment plan,  is best undertaken by a physician or wound care specialist who will conduct an assessment not only at the site of the sore, but of the patient as well.



Possible treatments of bedsores can include the following measures at each stage:


  • Relieve the pressure from the site of the sore – reposition frequently.
  • Maintain good hygiene – keep the skin area clean by gently washing with soap and water and pat dry.  Do not rub over the wound site.
  • Review the mattress, chair or wheelchair cushion, for a possible cause to the pressure.  Additionally review transfers, pressure releases and turning techniques.
  • Review that nutritional requirements are being met to ensure good skin health.


  • Relieve the pressure from the site of the sore – reposition frequently.
  • Cleanse the wound with water or saline solution and pat dry.  A thin foam dressing or saline dampened gauze may be applied to the wound.  The dressings should be changed frequently.
  • Review for signs of infection and notify a health care provider.


  • Treatment steps similar to those of stage 2 should be followed.
  • Special wound cleaning and debridement may be necessary.
  • Topical and/or oral antibiotics may be required.
  • Use of specialized support surfaces for bedding and chairs may be ordered to assist with relieving pressure points.  These specialized supports can include foam devices, air-filled devices, water-filled devices, gel-filled devices, and pressure relieving mattresses.


  • Surgical repair is frequently required for this stage of bedsore.

Bedsores and Negligent Care

Tragically, too many victims who are vulnerable to the development of bedsores are not capable of complaining of the discomfort or pain they are enduring, or of taking measures of their own to eliminate the factors leading to the development of the bedsores.   The failure of a nursing home to develop and implement a care plan to address a patient’s risk for skin breakdown too often results in the development of bedsores or pressure ulcers which would otherwise have been preventable.  Unless health care providers are held accountable for this form of silent neglect, it is difficult to see how the disturbing rate of preventable bedsores, especially in the elderly, will ever be eliminated.

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