Xavier’s nursing team provide a range of health services to support children and young people living with disabilities. Often children and young people with complex disability can experience issues with skin integrity which can cause the rapid development of pressure sores, injuries, or ulcers. This can be due to them being unable to correctly re-position themselves, reduced physical sensation and feeling, or increased risks of exposure to friction or moist skin. Our nurses practice the best, most up-to-date techniques to treat and assess such wounds, and we’d like to share our knowledge to help you understand, prevent, and manage pressure area sores for your child.
What causes pressure injuries?
The risk of pressure injuries can be increased by friction on the skin, below average nutrition, poor circulation, or conditions which cause increased skin moisture, such as incontinence. For children and young people who live with disability, additional causes can come from the difficulties they may have communicating that they are physically uncomfortable, or from pressure applying equipment such as oxygen masks, casts, orthotics and prosthetics, naso-gastric or PEG tubes, nasal oxygen prongs, or even nappies.
Some of the bodily areas a child is most likely to experience pressure injuries are their:
Preventing pressure injuries
As with all injuries, prevention is better than treatment. Outlined below are the tips recommended by Xavier’s nurses to proactively reduce the risk of your child getting pressure injuries:
Treating pressure wounds
Sometimes, even with the best prevention steps in place, pressure sores can occur. If left untreated, they can lead to other serious complications such as deep ulcers and infection sepsis so it is best they be assessed and treated by trained health professionals such as the Xavier nursing team. Even redness, in one of the areas of the body listed above, can be a warning sign and sometimes can have dying tissue beneath.
Xavier’s nurses also recommend the following:
Find out more
Xavier’s health team is here to support you and your child. For more information regarding pressure sores and care, or for any other health related questions you may have, simply call 1800 XAVIER or email email@example.com.