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) (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: Products and technologies for treating patients with evidence-based pressure ulcers.
- Article: Medical device-related pressure injuries in critical patients: prevalence and associated factors.
- Article: Nursing diagnosis in older adults at risk for pressure injury.
- Pressure Sores -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Find a Dermatologist (American Academy of Dermatology)
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Also in Spanish