Pressure ulcers: prevention and management of pressure ulcers

Jane Willock, Davina Richardson, Pradeep Thumbikat, Chandi Vellodi

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Pressure ulcers are caused when an area of skin and the tissues below are damaged as a result of being placed under pressure sufficient to impair its blood supply. Typically they occur in a person confined to bed or a chair by an illness and as a result they are sometimes referred to as 'bedsores', or 'pressure sores'.All patients are potentially at risk of developing a pressure ulcer. However, they are more likely to occur in people who are seriously ill, have a neurological condition, impaired mobility, impaired nutrition, or poor posture or a deformity. Also, the use of equipment such as seating or beds which are not specifically designed to provide pressure relief, can cause pressure ulcers. As pressure ulcers can arise in a number of ways, interventions for prevention and treatment need to be applicable across a wide range of settings including community and secondary care. This may require organisational and individual change and a commitment to effective delivery.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNational Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Commissioning bodyNational Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014


  • pressure ulcers
  • management


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