Decubitus Ulcers

Decubitus or Pressure Ulcers are injuries that occur on the skin near bony projections due to friction or dry skin. They are common among people who have restricted mobility such as bed-ridden people, people who use wheelchairs, etc. The skin comes under pressure, causing blood vessels to not reach a specific region and damaging soft tissue. If left untreated, the ulcers can lead to complications such as infections, anemia, gangrene, etc. The treatment of decubitis requires the use of a dressing to cover the wound and help in natural healing of the ulcer. You can consult a medical professional for more information and advice on the topic. The treatment also includes the use of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powders. Many medical professionals also recommend the use of moisturizing powders and creams so that the skin retains moisture and is not susceptible to friction related ulcers. At Shop Wound Care, we have a wide range of products from top selling brands such as Medline, Smith and Nephew, Coloplast etc. that help in the treatment of decubitis.

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Causes of Decubitus Ulcers

  • External Pressure - Any kind of external pressure over a long period of time can cause a shortage of blood flow to a specific soft tissue causing the development of ulcers. 

  • Friction - The second most common cause of decubitis is friction, where the skin on constant heat generated by friction can get ruptured and cause soft tissue damage. 

  • Shear - In layman terms, shearing is the separation of the skin from underlying tissue causing the tissue to be exposed to external pressure, which in turn results in ulcers. 

  • Moisture - Sweat, urine, and other moisture inducing factors can result in the skin getting macerated hence increasing the chances of friction and ulcers.

Treatment Options for Decubitus Ulcers

  • Wound Dressings - An ulcer can be easily treated by using the right kind of wound dressing, which includes patches, alginate dressings, hydrocolloid dressings, antimicrobial dressings, etc. 

  • Antiseptic Creams and Solutions - These solutions or creams can help clean the wound and eliminate any microbes, thus reducing the chances of infections. 

  • Hydrogel Sheets - These sheets work as dressings and also as a covering, protecting the wound from external contaminates and also expediting the healing process.