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Pressure sores and ulcers

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Pressure sores and pressure ulcers are caused by an injury or breakdown of skin and the underlying tissue.

Several factors increase the risk of someone developing pressure ulcers. These include:

  • mobility limitations - including for people who are confined to a bed, hospitalised, or with chronic pain that makes it difficult to move
  • health problems - including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, circulatory problems, or heart or kidney damage.
  • advanced age
  • poor diet or nutrition.

Pressure ulcers can develop quickly and be difficult to treat. It is important to seek the help of your doctor or community nurse if you have a pressure ulcer.

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Last reviewed: April 2017

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Pressure Injuries | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

What is a Pressure Injury? Pressure injury (also known as a pressure sore, bed sore or pressure ulcer) is an area of damaged skin caused by pressure, sliding and / or rubbing on the skin

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Pressure ulcers (pressure sores) information | myVMC

Pressure ulcers are skin injuries that occur when one position is held for too long. It is most common in elderly, wheelchair- or bed-bound people.

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Bedsores -

Bedsores, or pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are skin ulcers caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. Find out about risk factors, treatment and prevention.

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Skin Care

Residents who are dying are at high risk of tissue damage. They have reduced capacity for healing and prevention of injury should be the primary aim.

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Preventing Pressure Ulcers | myVMC

Information about pressure ulcers including photos of pressure ulcer, pressure ulcer staging pressure ulcer prevention,pressure ulcer treatment

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