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Pressure Sores - Reapplying Pressure

Reapplying pressure: Only when a pressure sore is completely healed can pressure be reapplied over the area. Complete healing means that the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) is unbroken and normal colouring has returned to the area. Sometimes a scar may remain. A scar is healed tissue but will remain a somewhat different colour from the surrounding skin. Scar tissue is never as tough as uninjured skin.

The first time pressure is applied to a newly healed area, it must be for a very short time (15 minutes at most). Then remove pressure from the area and inspect it for redness (erythema). If there is redness, observe it and time carefully how long it takes to fade to the colour of the surrounding tissue (or the colour it was before the pressure was applied in the case of a scar). If fading occurs in 15 minutes or less, no damage has occurred. Wait at least one hour and repeat pressure application.

After three successful 15-minute trials, increase to 30 minutes and repeat the above process using the guideline of a 15-minute or less fading time as a successful trial. After three successful 30-minute trials, you may increase the time by 30 minutes each day.

If at any point a trial is not successful, hold at that level until three successful trials are accomplished. In this way, you will rebuild your skin pressure tolerance.

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