An introduction to pressure ulcers

 

 

Pressure ulcers have a significant effect on both patients and healthcare
providers.

A pressure ulcer (also know as pressure sore, bed sore or decubitus ulcer) can be defined as an "area of localised damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by pressure, shear, friction and/or a combination of these."1

Quality of life can be affected including:2

  • Reduced physical ability
  • Diminished social functioning
  • Poor body image
  • Loss of independence and control over their lives

Pressure ulcers are also associated with intense pain2 and increased risk of infection3.

Pressure ulcers tend to occur most frequently in the elderly and those with spinal cord injuries.4

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