Claridge House Takes on Some of the Toughest Wound Care Cases
Pressure sores, sometimes referred to as “pressure ulcers” or “bed sores,” are painful and often slow-healing wounds that typically occur when something keeps rubbing or pressing against the skin. That kind of constant pressure reduces the blood supply to the area. Over time, the skin can break down and form an open sore, even impacting the tissues beneath the skin.
Pressure sores most commonly occur on the buttocks, elbows, hips, heels, ankles, shoulders, back and even the back of the head. Such skin lesions are often associated with people who have limited mobility from paralysis and the like, which puts constant pressure on the skin and tissues.
Elderly people are particularly susceptible to pressure sores because the aging process makes skin thinner and less elastic. However, young people also get pressure sores that develop even from household injuries.
Pressure ulcers are rated as Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4, with Stage 4 pressure sores being the worst. In fact, in those cases, the ulcers can become so deep that damage is created to the muscle and bone and sometimes even to tendons and joints.
Unlike most nursing homes, Claridge House doesn’t shy away from admitting residents with severe cases requiring wound care or pressure sore care. We readily admit even Stage 3 and Stage 4 wound cases. In severe cases, our specialized nursing staff may use what’s known as a “wound vacuum” to draw fluids away from the affected area, relieve pressure, and promote faster healing.
With our team of wound care nurses, led by a registered nurse, we have a high success rate of healing even the worst wounds.