Bedsores: When To Seek Medical Care

Pressure ulcers—also known as pressure sores—are common in elderly and immobile seniors and can be difficult to heal. There are four degrees of severity of these ulcers, with the most easily treatable ones close to the surface of the skin. The most difficult-to-treat bedsores are deeper, affecting tissues, nerves and even joints.

Fairview Rehab & Nursing Home in Queens, NY, offers skilled nursing care, including infectious disease care. This is particularly relevant in the case of pressure ulcers as they need careful diagnosis and treatment. Our medical team is experienced in special cleaning techniques, dressings, and infection control to heal bedsores heal faster.

Senior woman holding elderly man's hand suffering from bedsores

When Do You Need Medical Attention?

Advanced bedsores need sustained medical attention often over months and can be life-threatening. So, if you think you have a pressure ulcer seek urgent medical attention to avoid infection and

complications. The deeper the ulcer infection goes the more dangerous it is.

Late-stage pressure ulcers require skilled nursing care as well as infectious disease treatment over a prolonged period. This entails special dressings, removal of pressure on the wound, and the removal of damaged, infected, or dead tissue. The latter process is known as debridement, and it is part of the care regime, alongside regular wound cleaning.

If you or a loved one is frail, elderly, bedridden or in a wheelchair, you are at risk of developing bedsores. Check your skin regularly and seek medical assistance at the first signs of sores. Early diagnosis and treatment give you the best chance of the wound healing properly.

How long does it take to get bed sores?

Bedsores occur when pressure is exerted on one part of the body over a long period. This may be because a generally immobile person is unable to turn him- or herself over in bed. Bedsores can develop just days after immobility, perhaps following an operation.  Alternatively, they may develop over a longer period as a person’s health deteriorates and they become more immobile.

How long you can delay the onset of pressure ulcers will depend on your overall health condition, especially your mobility. Your mental health is also a factor not to be underestimated. The risk of bedsores can be reduced with gentle exercises, good hydration and eating a healthy diet.

Professional nursing care can anticipate problems. It also prioritizes social interactions and activities to promote mental well-being. Talking to friends and family boosts morale and keeps the spirits up. Entertainment, games, music and even playing with pets, are also highly beneficial in this regard.

In order to avoid complications associated with bed sores, do consider and seek for medical assistance. Feel free to contact us to find out more about our care services. We offer both in- and outpatient therapy services in Queens NY. Our receptionist is available any time to answer inquiries or direct calls as necessary.