How to Treat 2nd Stage Bed Sores


Second-stage bed sores are ulcers that result from constant pressure on the skin. Unlike first-stage bedsores that are red, tender spots, second-stage bed sores are open lesions with swelling, blistering and skin necrosis. Treating second-stage bed sores quickly and properly helps prevent the condition moving into stage 3 and stage 4 infections.

Things You'll Need

  • Scalpel
  • Water pressure jets
  • Saline solution
  • Medicinal honey
  • Antibacterial dressing/gauze
  • Examine the bed sore to determine the specific course of treatment.

  • Clean the sore and the area around the sore to prevent infection.

  • Remove dead tissue from around the lesion if there is any. This procedure can be done with a scalpel or with a saline hydrotherapy method using water pressure jets. Note: This should only be done by a medical provider.

  • Coat the lesion with medicinal honey. Apply an antibacterial dressing to the wound.

  • Reposition the patient frequently and inspect the wounds. Begin a round of antibiotics to fight any possible infection.

  • Do steps 2 through 5 as needed to keep the wound from being infected or worsening.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult a doctor about any bed sore that has blistered and opened for a proper treatment program. Untreated bed sores that go beyond stage 2 can lead to skin and muscle death, life-threatening infections and amputation.

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