Did you know that 95% of pressure sores are actually preventable?
However, even after pressure sores develop, there are things you could
do in order to prevent spinal cord injury. And this is the subject of
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10 ways to avoid
pressure sores and spinal cord injury:
There are several things one could do in order to prevent pressure
sores and thus spinal cord injury:
1. Do regular pressure relief activities. Notice that each person is
different. Some people need to shift their weight more often than other
people. Consult your therapist, because the methods of pressure reliefs
and areas you need to target will also depend on the nature of your
injury and your metabolism.
2. Check your skin regularly every day, and look for areas that are
red, darker, bruised, scraped, or have blisters. Look also
for hardness and swelling which may indicate certain skin problems.
Check especially those areas where bones are closer to the
skin. These areas are of highest risk, and include such areas as
elbows, knees, ankles, toes, ischium and sacrum. Also pay
attention to ingrown fingernails.
3. Take care of your skin. Make sure your skin is dry and clean at all
times. At the same time, using a moisturizer (one that has been
approved by your therapist) also helps. Do not use harsh soaps or
antibacterial soaps or detergents.
4. Take care of your mattress and seating padding. Use pillows and pads
to protect your bony areas while sleeping. In certain cases, your
doctor might suggest special mattresses, too. Make sure you have the
appropriate wheelchair with appropriate padding. It is best to ask your
therapist as to the best option for you.
5. Wear proper clothing and shoes. Avoid too tight clothes or bulky
pockets. Your shoes should be 1 or 2 sizes bigger than the size you
used to wear before the injury.
6. Make sure you eat a balanced diet that includes proteins, fruit and
vegetables. This is very important for your body tissue to rebuild.
Consult your therapist to measure your protein, albumen, prealbumen,
hemoglobin, and lymphocyte levels.
7. Make sure you drink enough water every day and avoid caffeinated
drinks like coffee and tea. Caffeine has a dehydrating effect. Your
water intake needs might depend on your bladder management routine;
consult your doctor as to how much water you need per day.
8. Avoid getting sunburn. Use sunscreen.
Avoid extremely hot objects or hot water such as fireplaces or hot
water in the shower.
9. Avoid cold weather.
10. Stop smoking!