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Treatment of Stage 1 Pressure Sores

Stage 1 pressure sores may be painful and tender. Most stage 1 pressure sores will heal within 60 days with proper treatment. They do not require special dressings but should be watched closely to be sure they do not progress. Treatment of a stage 1 pressure sore may include:
  • Washing a pressure sore daily with saline solution to keep it clean and moist.
  • Keeping unaffected skin dry and clean of moisture such as sweat, urine, or feces, to prevent pressure sores from growing larger.
  • Eating a healthy diet with adequate protein, to help heal damaged skin and promote new skin growth. A dietitian can help plan a nutrition program.
  • Changing positions frequently, to avoid steady pressure on one area and to keep blood flowing to the skin and deeper tissues.
  • Avoiding slides across bed sheets and slumped positions in chairs or the bed.
  • Using devices or cushions that relieve pressure, if you or a person you are caring for is confined to a bed. These devices speed healing of pressure sores.



Bedsores commonly occur at the spots where pressure consistently applies. These include heel, tailbone, elbow, shoulder and back of head (when patient lies on the back for a long time), ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and ear (when patient lies on the side for a long time), shoulder blader, buttocks, heel and ball of foot (when patient sits for a long time).

Information provided by National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Alternating pressure mattress / low air loss mattress for prevention / treatment of pressure sores.

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