Aloe vera gel prevents pressure ulcers in hospitalized patients

The occurrence of pressure ulcer followed by immobility is one of the most common orthopedic problems. According to a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, aloe vera gel could prevent and treat pressure ulcers.

  • In this study, researchers at Arak University of Medical Sciences in Iran looked at the effect of aloe vera gel on preventing pressure ulcers in orthopedic patients.
  • The team recruited 80 patients hospitalized in the orthopedic ward to participate in the study.
  • They randomly divided the patients into two groups: treatment and control groups.
  • Nurses performed routine daily cares to prevent bed sores in every group.
  • In addition to routine nursing care, the intervention group applied pure aloe vera gel on the hip, sacrum, and heel areas twice a day, while the control group used a placebo, which is a gel of water and starch.
  • Then, the researchers assessed the sacral, hip, and heel of both groups on the third, seventh, and tenth day to monitor the signs of pressure ulcers.
  • The results revealed that the application of aloe vera gel prevented a rise in temperature, redness, swelling, and pain in the skin areas.
  • These findings suggest that aloe vera gel can prevent the onset of pressure ulcers in patients at risk.

The researchers concluded that aloe vera is a more effective and less costly treatment in preventing and healing the ulcers compared to current treatments, making it a great substitute for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

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Journal Reference:

Hekmatpou D, Mehrabi F, Rahzani K, Aminiyan A. THE EFFECT OF ALOE VERA GEL ON PREVENTION OF PRESSURE ULCERS IN PATIENTS HOSPITALIZED IN THE ORTHOPEDIC WARDS: A RANDOMIZED TRIPLE-BLIND CLINICAL TRIAL. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 29 September 2018; 18(264). DOI: 10.1186/s12906-018-2326-2

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