A health care professional should check your pressure sore regularly. How often depends on how well the sore is healing. Generally, a pressure sore should be checked weekly.
Examining the Sore
The easiest time to check pressure sores is after cleaning. Signs of healing include decreased size and depth of the sore and less drainage. You should see signs of healing in 2 to 4 weeks. Infected sores may take longer to
Signs to Report
Tell your doctor or nurse if:
- The pressure sore is larger or deeper.
- More fluid drains from the sore.
- The sore does not begin to heal in 2 to 4 weeks.
- You see signs of infection below.
|Thick green or yellow drainage
||Fever or chills
|Redness or warmth around sore
||Confusion or difficulty concentrating
|Tenderness of surrounding area
||Rapid heart beat
Also report if:
- You cannot eat a well-balanced diet.
- You have trouble following any part of the treatment plan.
- Your general health becomes worse.
Changing the Treatment Plan
If any of these signs exist, you and your health care professional may need to change the treatment plan. Depending on your needs, these factors may be changed:
- Support surfaces.
- How often you change how you sit or lie.
- Methods of cleaning and removing dead tissue.
- Type of dressing.
- Infection treatment.
Other Treatment Choices
If sores do not heal, your doctor may recommend electrotherapy. A very small electrical current is used to stimulate healing in this procedure. This is a fairly new treatment for pressure sores. Proper equipment and trained personnel may not always be available.
If your pressure sore is large or deep, or if it does not heal, surgery may be needed to repair damaged tissue. You and your doctor can discuss possible surgery.
Information provided by National Library of Medicine (NLM).
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