grimmy1 01/05/17
Last reply 1 year ago
Potential pressure sores

For the past four weeks or so I have been battling with a potential pressure sore area from constant wheelchair use. I cannot get any definitive answers from any professionals. The GP says it’s not her area of expertise, the district nurses say ‘let me know if it gets any worse’, whilst palming me off with various creams and sprays. I am waiting for a reclining wheelchair from our very inefficient wheelchair clinic.
I want to take preventative measures now, before the skin breaks down.
If anyone has any successful ideas of how to combat this please do let me know – I am at my wits end.

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grimmy1
1 year ago

For the past four weeks or so I have been battling with a potential pressure sore area from constant wheelchair use. I cannot get any definitive answers from any professionals. The GP says it’s not her area of expertise, the district nurses say ‘let me know if it gets any worse’, whilst palming me off with various creams and sprays. I am waiting for a reclining wheelchair from our very inefficient wheelchair clinic.
I want to take preventative measures now, before the skin breaks down.
If anyone has any successful ideas of how to combat this please do let me know – I am at my wits end.


stumbler
1 year ago

@grimmy1 , you could try talking to your local pharmacist. They usually know what’s what and what works best.

Give them a ring.


grimmy1
1 year ago

Thanks, that’s certainly worth a try.


krys
1 year ago

Hi, not sure how mobile you are, I assume it’s very limited due to constant wheelchair use. Pressure damage is caused by long periods in one position or can occur from shearing. You need specialist help, ask your GP for referral to a tissue viability nurse, this is their area of expertise. There sholud be one base at your local hospital. Creams and lotions are not the answer, relieving the pressure and being careful how you move so that you are not dragging yourself. There are plenty aids, alternating air cushions, slide sheets that can help prevent damage. It’s very important that you get help as soon as possible. I know it’s difficult but you need to stay of the damaged area. With the right help it is preventable. Best wishes.


krys
1 year ago

Hi,
Not sure if the damage is due to moisture as well as pressure damage in which case there are certain creams that will act as a ski barrier against the moisture. Thought I had better clarify that in case they are prescribed for that purpose. Best wishes.


vicy
1 year ago

I would push for help & advice from anywhere you can. Decades ago I was a nurse, so no longer up to date with products etc., but it’s much more difficult to deal with a pressure sore than a suspect area. We were always taught to change position at least every 2 hours, & sometimes it wasn’t enough, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as my grandma. always said. Ring the wheelchair people again, perhaps they’ve got a returned 1 that would do you until they can sort out a properly prescribed one?


grimmy1
1 year ago

Thanks for everybody’s input and experiences. Armed with the extra knowledge you have passed on, I can fight for what I need.

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