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    Had a mishap during a transfer and apparently my backside is very colorful. How much of a concern should I have about spending time in my chair for awhile? My nurse will be checking in on me later today and she had worked with me for several years and pretty much knows what is normal for me and what isn't more than anyone around these days.

  • #2
    I would recommend cutting back on your sitting for several days. Bruising results in bleeding into soft tissues, which can decrease blood flow into these areas, making them less tolerant of extended pressure. This can cause areas, esp. over bony prominances, to develop pressure injury (ulcers) more easily. Sit for shorter periods of time if possible, and do more frequent weight shifts when you are up. In bed, avoid sitting up in bed over 30 degrees on your backside, as shear forces can also be exaggerated in bruised areas.

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.


    • #3
      Thank you.