Frequent transfers in and out of a wheelchair can be pressure sore risk factors.
Pressure sores are a type of wound that is uncommon to experience if you are in good overall health. However, if you have certain conditions or lifestyle factors, your risk may be much greater. If you are part of a population prone to pressure sores, talk to your medical professional about preventing them or about best wound care practices to help them heal. Here are some factors that put you at risk:
- Poor blood circulation. A number of conditions, including diabetes, heart conditions and kidney disease, can all contribute to bad circulation and, in turn, pressure sores.
- Immobility. If you are immobile for any reason, you are at an increased risk of pressure sores.
- Poor nutrition. The skin depends on nutrition to remain healthy and to be able to heal itself. If your nutrition is inadequate, you’re at a greater risk for pressure sores because the skin is less resilient.
- Rubbing or friction. If your skin rubs against something else often, whether that’s a part of a wheelchair when you are transferred out of it or just your sheets, you may be prone to pressure sores.
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