Preventing Pressure Ulcers

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Pressure ulcers are also known as pressure wounds, pressure sores or bedsores.

A pressure ulcer happens when skin and tissue get damaged by too much pressure or rubbing, known as a shear. This causes a painful sore. Pressure ulcers happen on bony areas like the heels, ankles and hips but can also happen on other parts of the body.

Checking for pressure ulcers

An easy way to remember to check for pressure ulcers from either developing or getting worse, are the letters - S S K I N.

  • Click to expand S - Surface
  • Click to expand S - Skin
  • Click to expand K - Keep moving
  • Click to expand I - Incontinence
  • Click to expand N - Nutrition

Remember

Use your eyes and look daily.