Pressure ulcers factsheet

A pressure ulcer (also called a pressure sore or bed sore) is an area of the skin or underlying tissue that is dead or dying because blood has stopped flowing properly to the area. If you spend a long time sitting or lying down in one position you could be at risk of pressure ulcers.

This factsheet covers:

  • who is at risk?
  • how they are caused?
  • what are the first signs of pressure damage?
  • how to avoid getting pressure ulcers
  • what to do if you think a pressure ulcer might be developing
  • treating pressure ulcers
  • hospital stays

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