Skin breakdown and bed sores can lead to infections and death keeping skin healthy is critical

Try: Inspect skin daily and note any redness tearing of skin or open sores if any of these are present contact a physician the skin may need to be checked by a wound care nurse and tests of albumin levels may be ordered to avoid dry skin use mild soaps and warm not hot water for bathing use moisturizing lotions change body position from sitting to standing or lying to sitting every hour while awake and every two hours at night a gel-foam mattress should reduce pressure and friction that harm fragile skin serve eat high protein foods such as meat and dairy products and high protein liquid supplements canned supplements can be added to milk coffee and shakes offer drink plenty of water empty bowel and bladder regularly use barrier creams to waterproof the skin against urine and feces barrier creams include those used to prevent diaper rash

Materials: Lotions pillows gel-foam mattress high protein food and drinks water barrier creams

Categories: Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Unaware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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