Preventing pressure ulcers and infections

What are pressure ulcers?

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A pressure ulcer (sometimes called a bed sore or pressure sore) is when your skin and underlying tissue gets damaged by unrelieved pressure causing a painful sore.

Pressure ulcers are the most common cause of harm, particularly in the frail elderly but you don't have to be older to get one. In most cases they can be prevented by good basic care.

You or someone you know may be at risk of developing a pressure ulcer if you:

  • are immobile or can't reposition yourself regularly
  • have reduced sensitivity to pain or pressure (can be due to medical condition or nerve damage)
  • have poor circulation
  • are over the age of 65
  • have a poor diet
  • have incontinence problems
  • have a terminal illness or are near the end of life

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