What can you do to reduce your risk of pressure injuries?
Pressure injuries are caused by unrelieved pressure that damages the skin and underlying tissue. People unable to move after surgery may get pressure injuries even after as little as 1-2 hours.
- Inspect your skin at least once a day for a break in the skin
- Pay special attention to reddened areas on the skin that remain after you have changed positions
- Change positions regularly - every two hours while in a bed and every hour while in a chair
- Avoid contact with plastic surfaces such as plastic chairs
- Avoid direct contact between bony prominences, use cushions
- Avoid overheating your body
- Use/wear pads or briefs that have a quick drying surface, or creams and ointments to protect the skin from moisture exposure
- Use warm (not hot) water and mild soap when bathing/showering
- Treat dry or flaky skin using barrier creams or oils
- Eat a well-balanced diet. Protein and calories are very important
- Drink plenty of water