Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Pressure sores and ulcers

1-minute read

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.

Follow the links below to find more trusted information about pressure sores and ulcers.

Last reviewed: April 2017

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

Bedsores - myDr.com.au

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.

Read more on myDr website

Pressure Ulcers | myVMC

Pressure ulcers occur when an area of skin breaks down when you stay in one position for too long, most commonly involving bony areas such as around the heels, hips, elbows and back

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Preventing Pressure Ulcers | myVMC

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

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

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.

Read more on CareSearch website

Pressure Injuries | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Read more on Sydney Children's Hospitals Network website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo
Feedback