At Mount Sinai Hospital Montreal, Pressure Ulcer Prevention is a continuous concern. Many long term care residents are prone to developing pressure ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores. A pressure ulcer is an injury usually caused by constant pressure that damages the skin and underlying tissue. Pressure ulcers can range in severity from mild (minor skin reddening) to severe (deep craters down to the muscle and bone). Even slight rubbing or friction on the skin may cause pressure ulcers.
Within 24 hours of admission to the hospital and on a regular basis thereafter, a nurse will assess the resident in order to evaluate the risk of pressure ulcers and identify appropriate prevention measures. All staff members caring for a particular resident will be notified of the assessment results in order to further prevent pressure sores from occurring.
Mount Sinai long term residents benefit from highly advanced electric beds with pressure-reducing mattresses, designed to prevent pressure sores – especially in highly vulnerable areas such as elbows, lower back, coccyx and heels.
Pressure ulcers can also be avoided by residents by using certain measures:
Residents confined to bed:
Residents confined to a chair: