A Collaborative Approach to Fighting Bedsores

Bedsores, a common hospital problem, are not just ugly nuisances. They can turn into deep and extremely painful wounds that go clear to the bone, and can be fatal when infected.

That is why it is encouraging to find that hospitals and nursing homes are beginning to take a highly effective collaborative approach towards preventing bedsores. From the article:

New research is suggesting that the battle against bedsores requires a team approach, enlisting everyone from nurses and nursing assistants to laundry workers, nutritionists, maintenance workers and even in-house beauticians.

For instance, laundry workers can be in a position to notice when patients’ garments are restrictive and ill-fitting, which increases the likelihood of bedsores. All staff can help by repositioning patients during waits for food and other services. Proper nutrition goes a long way towards helping this problem as well, research suggests.

As this blog has discussed in the past, collaborative efforts can be helpful to all kinds of medical problems. Evidently such approaches are useful in dealing with this painful issue as well.

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