LIMITED MOBILITY A KEY RISK FACTOR FOR DEVELOPING PRESSURE SORES
There are a number of pressure sore risk factors that lead to conditions where pressures sores may develop if proper preventative measures are not put in place. However, whenever a person experiences a period of limited mobility they are at a higher risk for developing pressure sores. Limited mobility occurs when a person is unable to easily change their position while seated or lying down. A person’s mobility can be limited because of their general poor health, illness, injury, or sedation. Without proper preventative measures, even those experiencing limited mobility for a short time, such as after an operation or accident, are susceptible to developing pressure sores.
OTHER RISK FACTORS
A number of other pressure sore risk factors have been identified which put individuals at an increased risk developing pressure sores. While pressure sore risk factors may vary depending upon the particular circumstances, the following represents a list of the most common:
- ● AGE – As we age, the skin loses its elasticity, thins, and becomes drier and more fragile than in our youth. These conditions can lead to the skin breaking down much easier under pressure.
- ● DECREASED MENTAL AWARENESS – An individual with decreased mental awareness may not have the level of sensory perception or ability to act to prevent the development of a pressure-induced injury. The decrease in mental awareness could be induced by disease, trauma, or medications.
- ● POOR NUTRITION OR DEHYDRATION – Diet and nutrition are important factors in keeping the skin healthy. You are more likely to develop pressure sores when your diet is lacking in the proper fluids, calories, vitamins and minerals.
- ● LOSS OF BOWEL OR BLADDER CONTROL – Sources of moisture on the skin from urine, stool, or perspiration can irritate the skin and thus lead to its breakdown.
- ● WEIGHT LOSS / MUSCLE ATROPHY – The loss of fat & muscle during a prolonged illness can lead to the development of pressure sores because of the loss of ‘cushion’ between the bone and an external pressure such as a mattress or seat.
- ● MEDICAL CONDITIONS AFFECTING CIRCULATION – Diseases such as diabetes or vascular disease that restrict the blood flow and cause inadequate blood supply to all areas of the body can put a person at higher risk for pressure sore development.
Pressure sores and Negligent Care
Once a person is identified as being susceptible to increased pressure sore risk factors, measures should be undertaken to reduce or eliminate those risks. Thus, healthcare providers must be aware of these risk factors when caring for patients in order to prevent the unnecessary development of pressure sores. Tragically, too many victims who are vulnerable to the development of pressure sores 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 pressure sores. 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 pressure sores 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 pressure sores, especially in the elderly, will ever be eliminated.
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