Pressure ulcers: prevention and
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'.
Adults: risk assessment
- Carry out and document an assessment of pressure ulcer risk for adults:
- being admitted to secondary care or care homes in which NHS care is provided or
- receiving NHS care in other settings (such as primary and community care and emergency departments) if they have a risk factor, for example:
- significantly limited mobility (for example, people with a spinal cord injury)
- significant loss of sensation
- a previous or current pressure ulcer
- nutritional deficiency
- the inability to reposition themselves
- significant cognitive impairment.