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.
- Pressure Ulcer (Decubitus Ulcer) (Logical Images)
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: WOCN Society Position Paper: Avoidable Versus Unavoidable Pressure Ulcers/Injuries.
- Article: Predictors of Intraoperative Pressure Injury in Patients Undergoing Major Hepatobiliary...
- Article: The Efficacy of a Viscoelastic Foam Overlay on Prevention of...
- Pressure Sores -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Find a Dermatologist (American Academy of Dermatology)
- Find a Nurse in Your Area (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society)
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Also in Spanish