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) (Logical Images)
- Preventing Pressure Sores (Hill Foundation for Families Living with Disabilities)
Statistics and Research
- Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents: United States, 2004 (National Center for Health Statistics)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Pressure Ulcer (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
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 Available in Spanish