When severe bed sores & pressure ulcers need immediate treatment, turn to DispatchHealth
Mild pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are uncomfortable, but what are you to do when your or your loved one’s pressure ulcers take a turn for the worse? Untreated pressure ulcers can worsen without treatment, leading them to turn into a high-acuity issue that warrants medical attention and could even necessitate surgery. For people who are unable to leave the bed who are dealing with this painful ailment, searching for a local healthcare facility that can provide transportation and treatment can increase anxieties. But what if there was a medical team that could come to your home and provide the treatment you need without the hassle of finding transportation and visiting a germ-infested and overcrowded waiting room? DispatchHealth combines the house-call service of yesteryear with the upgraded technology and advanced medical enhancements of today to provide patients of all ages with on-demand mobile healthcare from the comfort of their homes. Whether you are experiencing painful, advanced-stage pressure ulcers as a result of an existing condition or an unknown cause, our team of qualified physicians can perform nearly all of the tests and treatments for non-life-threatening conditions that an emergency room can for a fraction of the cost. Simply download our app, request care on our website, or give us a call and we’ll be there within a few hours at most.
If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
Symptoms of severe pressure ulcers & when to seek medical care
Pressure ulcers are commonly found on patients that are restricted to bed rest or have an underlying comorbidity, such as a physical disability, that limits or completely prevents their mobility. Found on areas of the skin that are under constant pressure from wearing a cast, lying in bed, or sitting in a wheelchair for a long time, bedsores start as red, painful areas only affecting the top layer of the skin. As they advance, pressure ulcers can go deeper, affecting the fat tissue and even muscles and ligaments. Once the pressure ulcers have reached this stage, they require immediate medical attention.
If left untreated
If left untreated, deep pressure ulcers can require surgery. It’s also possible for a pressure ulcer to appear relatively surface-level, when in reality it’s much deeper—this is called a “Suspected Deep Tissue Injury” (SDTI). This is dangerous because the pressure ulcer may be causing tissue or ligament damage without your knowledge.
That’s why it’s so important to seek medical attention for your pressure ulcers before they reach this stage. If you’re experiencing pressure ulcers, don’t fret; DispatchHealth is here to help. Contact us today to request care from the comfort of your home.