The sacrum is the bone located on the spine of a person. Many times when an elderly client is bedridden, then she or he may end up with pressure ulcers especially on the sacrum. The pressure from always sitting causes the ulcer.
There are ways to prevent these pressure ulcers and that is through movement. Sitting or laying down in one place for a long period of time can cause these pressure ulcers. However, there are times when elderly patients are bedridden, but the nurse can move the patient every few hours to prevent these ulcers.
However, if the patient gets these ulcers, then he or she may be advised to eat certain foods in order to care for the ulcer. These foods include lean meats and low-fat milk.
Lean meats and low-fat milk-rationale: although the client should eat a balanced diet, including foods from all food groups, the diet should emphasize foods that supply complete protein, such as lean meats and low-fat milk. protein helps build and repair body tissue, which promotes healing. legumes provide incomplete protein. cheese contains complete protein, but it also includes fat, which should be limited to 30% or less of caloric intake. whole grain products supply incomplete proteins and carbohydrates. fruits and vegetables provide mainly carbohydrates.client needs category: physiological integrityclient needs subcategory: basic care and comfortcognitive level: applicationreference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 1014.