Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pressure Sore Prevention

Prevention of decubitus ulcer includes:

  • Avoid sources of constant pressure against the skin.
  • Avoid leg or foot injuries.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Keep swollen legs elevated as much as possible.
  • Clean the skin gently.
  • Sleep on an egg-crate mattress.
  • Change body position frequently while in bed.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pressure Sore References
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