Pressure Sores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, primarily caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. They usually affect people confined to bed or who sit in a chair or wheelchair for long periods of time.
Pressure sores can affect any part of the body that’s put under pressure. They’re most common on bony parts of the body, such as the heels, elbows, hips and base of the spine.
They often develop gradually, but can sometimes form in a few hours.
Early symptoms of a pressure sore include:
A doctor or nurse may call a pressure sore at this stage a category 1 pressure sore or ulcer.
The skin may not be broken at first, but if the pressure sore gets worse, it can form:
Treatments for pressure sores depend on how severe they are. For some people, they’re an inconvenience that needs basic nursing care. For others, they can be serious and lead to life-threatening complications, such as blood poisoning.
Ways to stop pressure sores getting worse and help them heal include:
Surgery to remove damaged tissue and close the wound is sometimes used in the most serious cases.
In a hospital or care home a written care plan, for anyone assessed as being at high risk of developing a pressure sore, should be undertaken and reviewed regularly. The plan should focus on the actions needed to help prevent a pressure sore from developing, taking into account:
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