Preventing pressure ulcers

Decubitus ulcer prevention; Bedsore prevention; Pressure sores prevention

Areas where bedsores occur

Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or decubitis ulcers, are a breakdown and ulceration of tissue due to a combination of the weight of the body on the surface of the skin and the friction of a resistant surface such as a bed. Areas where bony prominences are less padded by muscle and fat, such as the hip bones, tailbone and heels of the feet, are most susceptible to bedsores. Non-mobile patients are vulnerable to the formation pressure sores when left lying for long periods of time in the same prone position.


If You Use a Wheelchair

When You Are in Bed

When to Call the Doctor