VRNS: Preventing Skin Breakdown

Have an individual that you think could benefit from Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and/or Speech Therapy? Click here to see if we can help!   How do we recognize symptoms of a pressure ulcer, risk factors and how to prevent them from happening?
Pressure ulcers can develop on the skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as heels, ankles, elbows, back of arms and legs, back of knees and head, hips, spine, buttocks and tailbone. Sores can develop in just hours or days. With proper treatment, most sores heal completely.
Symptoms:  Unusual changes in skin color or texture, tender areas, swelling, pus-like drainage, cooler or warmer to to the touch; Degree of tissue damage ranges from red, unbroken skin to a deep sore involving muscle and bone
Risk factors:   Incontinence, decreased activity/mobility, poor sensory awareness, poor nutrition, dehydration, circulatory complications and other medical conditions that can affect blood flow   Prevention:   Frequent repositioning, proper wheelchair cushions that relieve pressure, DME, mattress, proper elevation height of bed, good skin care (keep skin clean & dry and inspect daily), protect the skin with appropriate moisture barriers, change bed frequently, good nutrition and hydration, eliminate smoking and exercise daily, and good stress management
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Visiting Rehab and Nursing Services – provides skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services through insurance such as Medicare and MassHealth   Home Again Healthcare – provides skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy through the acquired brain injury (ABI) and moving forward plan (MFP) waiver programs   vrnsSME – provides specialty medical equipment/durable medical equipment through the acquired brain injury (ABI) and moving forward plan (MFP) waiver programs and private pay   vrnsEDU – provides best practice webinars and tools to promote optimal patient/individual outcomes   For additional information, contact us: Email
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