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Pressure sores are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long. They commonly form where your bones are close to your skin, such as your ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips. You are at risk if you are bedridden, use a wheelchair, or are unable to change your position. Pressure sores can cause serious infections, some of which are life-threatening. They can be a problem for people in nursing homes.
You can prevent the sores by :
- Keeping skin clean and dry
- Changing position every two hours
- Using pillows and products that relieve pressure
Pressure sores have a variety of treatments. Advanced sores are slow to heal, so early treatment is best.
- Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers) (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- Pressure Sores (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
Treatments and Therapies
- Pressure Sores (American Cancer Society) Also in Spanish
- Taking Care of Pressure Sores (University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine)
- Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers) (VisualDX)
Videos and Tutorials
- Preventing Pressure Sores (Hill Foundation for Families Living with Disabilities)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Pressure Ulcer (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Myoglobin-derived iron causes wound enlargement and impaired regeneration in pressure injuries...
- Article: Rotation flap closure of pressure injuries following negative pressure wound therapy...
- Article: Risk factors for pressure injury development in patients with spinal cord...
- Pressure Sores -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Find a Dermatologist (American Academy of Dermatology)
- Find a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse in Your Area (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society)
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Also in Spanish
- How to care for pressure sores (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Preventing pressure ulcers (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish