Pressure-ulcers: what is right is not always popular.

person sitting on wheelchair

Pressure-ulcers: what is right is not always popular.

Pressure-ulcers: what is right is not always popular.


I am not proud to write this post.

When friends called for help;
that their loved ones
were discharged from hospitals
with a pressure ulcer...

" My mum is bedridden.
Please keep her dry and turn regularly.
... to prevent her skin from breaking down."

"This is too demanding, impossible;
... cos we're short-staffed!"

What is right is not always popularly done.

Yet, some hospitals are able to maintain a zero pressure-ulcer rate
among their bedridden clients.

"I have been in a wheelchair since five years ago
and I don't have any pressure ulcer on my butt.
Know what?
The therapist showed me a picture-
an ugly pressure ulcer!!!
I work hard not to develop one!"

"We took turns to look after
our mum in hospital.
Changing her when she is soiled,
turning her regularly
with the help of the staff."

What is popularly done, is not always right.

Some unfortunately,
did develop pressure ulcers
during their stay in a hospital.

Prevention of pressure ulcers
is a multidisciplinary responsibility
(Physicians, physical therapists, nutritionists, nurses),
although nurses play a significant role.

Do you agree that the family members and carers should have a role in pressure ulcer prevention too?

"A pressure ulcer should not be allowed to develop in the first place.
Cos it would take another long journey to healing that 'wound'!"
... to prevent her skin breaking down."



Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

8 thoughts on “Pressure-ulcers: what is right is not always popular.

  1. “This is too demanding and impossible cos we are short staff”.That is wrong. Bedridden patients should be turned every two hours and prn while in bed and every one hour while in the wheelchair. This is for pressure redistribution and for patient comfort. Pressure ulcer is very painful, expensive to cure,very uncomfortable for patient and family. Body image disturbance related to skin integrity.And patient should have heel protectant while in bed.This is for offloading.

  2. Yes, I think that relatives and friends should have more input. Hospitals could put on basic training for them and they could not only help their own relatives but others too.

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