My grandmother recently broke her hip and has been bedridden…
Since you cannot move her much till it heals, it has been very difficult to take care of her. Nobody told me at the hospital when she got out that we needed to keep her body massaged and moving otherwise the blood would not flow properly and skin sores could/would appear. In about a half a day home and I was washing her that night, I saw this red open wound behind her one knee and an appearing mark on the other and the surrounding skin was discoloured as well as if it were expanding.
It was a horrible sight! They look like ugly ulcers on the skin. Grandma was complaining the next day of pain and we could not figure out where it came from. Then we put two and two together that it might come from the wounds that had appeared. Immediately, we started to research on the subject and realised that they happen anywhere on the body; bony as well as muscle areas can be affected, usually where there is the least padding under the skin. The oxygen and nutrients do not reach body areas and thus the skin can die very quickly which gives way to these bedsores.
It came to our attention that we had to massage her every 2 hours in order to keep the sores away. Soft creamy cream helped moisture her skin and keep the circulation moving. We also had to elevate parts so that it would not touch the bed through friction which was a complete challenge having a granny with a broken hip as the pain sometimes paralyzed her.
After a short while, it was very difficult to manage the blisters, as they would appear out of nowhere wherever there was friction up against a surface of some sort. The the healing was very long due to age and state of the patient as everyone knows in older people every part of the body heals much longer.
However, we realized that proper dressings helped ease the redness and slowly closed the wounds. According to Wikipedia, over 43,000 globally die of bedsores which is enormous. To topple that, I roughly calculated that over 4 billion people in the world have these according to the web site below: http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/b/bedsores/stats-country.htm.
We made arrangements so that granny is cared for every 30 mn so that there was not a chance that more would appear while the others would heal. This was such a challenge but we won the battle thanks to the caregivers that we hired and our own special home love.