Aim for Moisture Balance When Managing Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are a big concern for patients with limited mobility, poor blood flow, etc.

Emphasize prevention. For example, suggest applying a barrier prep (Desitin, etc) to limit moisture damage...or a moisturizer on dry skin.

Continue to recommend off-loading pressure areas, frequent repositioning, correcting malnutrition, etc. But advise to avoid donut cushions...these limit blood flow and can increase ulcer risk.

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