If you’ve been injured in an accident at work and you’ve been confined to your bed for a long period of time, bed sores can be a real danger. Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, are a common complication of work injuries and illnesses, which result in a prolonged period of inactivity and bed rest after a work accident.
Preventing bed sores during bed rest after an accident
If you’ve been injured at work and you’ve been forced to take time off to recover, you may be worried about bed sores. Bed rest after an accident can increase the risk of sores developing and movement is key to keeping the skin healthy and encouraging blood flow.
If you are bed ridden or inactive for a long period of time, your medical team will encourage you to move independently or with the help of a physiotherapist, nurses or mobility equipment. As you gain strength, the range of exercises you can undertake will increase.
In cases of severe injuries, the nursing team will move the patient frequently to reduce pressure on specific areas of the body. As the patient becomes more mobile and independent, specific exercises may be recommended.
Exercises to keep bed sores at bay
Any form of movement which reduces pressure on targeted zones is beneficial for keeping bed sores at bay. Even sitting down for an hour or so, you will be able to feel pressure points and shifting your weight to change the points from time to time will really help.
To begin with, it’s best to stick to gentle stretches, such as lifting the legs up in the air and bringing them towards the stomach and lying on your side and gently raising one leg, turning around and raising the other leg. You may need the assistance of a physiotherapist to do this to begin with. As you recover, your physiotherapist will provide you with a program which is designed to challenge you without causing further injury.
Making a work accident claim
If you’re eager to make a work accident claim following an injury at work, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more about no win, no fee compensation. The work injury payout you are awarded could help to ease financial pressures brought on by loss of employment or long-term sick leave and cover the cost of rehabilitative care.