- Pressure ulcers cost $9.1-$11.6 billion dollars per year in the US. The cost of individual patient care ranges from $20,900 to $151,700 per pressure ulcer. Medicare estimated in 2007 that each pressure ulcer added $43,180 in costs to a hospital stay.)(https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/pressureulcertoolkit
- The picture above shows common areas of pressure sores with prolonged laying down. An ounce of prevention is a better than a pound for the cure.
Below are some common areas of skin breakdown with sitting for a prolonged time and prevention/treatment options.
A lot of us are getting to the point where our parents are becoming less active and it is important for us to make sure they do not get skin breakdown and pressure sores.
A great treatment/prevention measure is a cushion called a roho cushion. It can be bought at spinlife.com but it is really expensive at about 360 dollars. They can be bought online for less but it takes some searching. You have a pump and aircells that look like little mushrooms. You release a bit of air on the areas of compression like the sacral area. Other products are the Keen Cushion (about 70 to 150 dollars), and Jay Cushion (about 140 dollars.)
Another great prevention measure is a product called heelzup. You can use a pillow as well but it doesn’t work as well. The idea is called floating heels to help reduce pressure on the heels. This product costs about 240 dollars. You can find it for cheaper online with some searching.
If somebody is bedridden the typical rule is to have them turned every 2 hours from one side to the back and to the other side.