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Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores or pressure sores, are a significant focus at Local Wound Care of Glendale. These ulcers are a common yet serious condition, especially in individuals with limited mobility. Our clinic in Los Angeles offers specialized care, combining advanced treatment methods with preventive strategies to manage and heal pressure ulcers effectively.

What Causes Pressure Ulcers?

Pressure ulcers are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, primarily caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. They often develop on bony areas of the body, such as heels, ankles, hips, and the tailbone. Key factors contributing to the development of pressure ulcers include:

  • Prolonged Pressure: When skin and underlying tissues are trapped between bone and an external surface (like a bed or wheelchair) for an extended period.
  • Shear and Friction: Movements that drag and twist the skin against surfaces, contributing to tissue damage.
  • Impaired Mobility: Limited movement or immobility, making it difficult to change positions frequently.
  • Poor Nutrition and Hydration: Inadequate diet and fluid intake can weaken the skin and make it more susceptible to damage.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain health conditions, such as diabetes and vascular diseases, increase the risk of pressure ulcers.

Our Approach to Pressure Ulcer Care

Our wound care process for pressure ulcers involves:

  • Assessment and Staging: Determining the severity of the ulcer and creating a tailored treatment plan.
  • Wound Cleaning and Dressing: Using appropriate techniques and materials to promote healing.
  • Debridement: Removing dead or infected tissue when necessary.
  • Pressure Redistribution: Employing specialized cushions, mattresses, and positioning strategies to relieve pressure.
  • Nutritional Support: Providing dietary recommendations to enhance skin health and recovery.

Advanced Treatment Modalities

We utilize the latest treatment modalities for pressure ulcers, including:

  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT): For certain stages of pressure ulcers, aiding in wound closure and healing.
  • Biological Dressings: Like collagen or foam dressings, tailored to the wound’s needs.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): In select cases, to improve oxygen supply to the affected tissue.

Preventive Measures and Patient Education

Prevention is key in managing pressure ulcers. We educate patients and caregivers on:

  • Regular Position Changes: To reduce prolonged pressure on any one area.
  • Skin Care Routines: To maintain skin integrity and prevent breakdown.
  • Importance of Nutrition: Emphasizing a balanced diet for skin health and wound healing.

Contact Us for Specialized Pressure Ulcer Care in Los Angeles

If you or a loved one is dealing with pressure ulcers, Local Wound Care of Glendale is equipped to provide the specialized care needed. Our team is committed to delivering effective treatment and preventive strategies to ensure the best possible outcomes. Contact us today to learn more about our pressure ulcer care services or to schedule an appointment.

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411 N Central Ave #200
Glendale, CA 91203