Magazine article Drug Topics

Bed Sores Can Be Treated with Prompt, Simple Steps

Magazine article Drug Topics

Bed Sores Can Be Treated with Prompt, Simple Steps

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To pharmacists involved in home care, bed sores are a frequent, often painful, experience for their patients. To help health-care practitioners help those patients, the Agency for Health Care Policy & Research developed guidelines encouraging prompt and aggressive treatment to prevent bed sores from deepening to the muscle and bone and becoming infected.

These treatment guidelines represent the second part of a set of guidelines, published in 1992, dealing with prevention of bed sores, Karen Carp, spokeswoman for AHCPR, told Drug Topics. The topic of bed sores, or pressure sores as they are commonly called, was chosen initially at the urging of a group of nurses, who called attention to the deleterious effect that the condition can have on a patient's quality of life.

The high cost of treating bed sores also brought the topic to the agency's attention, added Bob Isquith, an agency spokesman. Treatment of pressure sores costs an estimated $1.3 billion in 1992, with physician fees alone averaging $2,900 per patient, the agency noted.

The recently published guidelines encourage health-care practitioners to:

* Shift a patient's body position to relieve pressure. …

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