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A pressure injury, also known as a bedsore or ulcer, can form when you sit or lie in the same position for a long time. The risk of a pressure injury increases if
you have to stay in bed, have poor circulation or you're not eating well.
A pressure injury can look like a reddened or blistered area on the skin. Bony parts of the body like the heels, tailbone, toes and back of your head are at most
risk of a pressure injury.
To help prevent a pressure injury you can:
We prepare a pressure injury management plan for every patient who will be staying overnight in hospital. Ask your nurse to explain the plan to you.
Patients who can move easily are encouraged to move and change position regularly. Those who are unable to move independently are assisted by staff to change their
position and ensure there is no prolonged pressure on any area of the body. We provide a balanced diet and a dietician may visit you to ensure you are receiving all the
nutrients needed to maintain the skin and circulation.
Additional prevention strategies include the use of equipment such as air mattresses and heel protectors to relieve pressure in areas of the body that may be of
It is important to recognise and manage pressure injuries early. They can occur quickly and prolong your recovery and impact on your general health.
Early signs of a pressure injury can include:
We reduce the risks of a hospital stay with hand hygiene, preventing falls and blood clots, and medication safety. Read about keeping you safe in hospital.
Injury Prevention - Information for Patients (PDF 1MB)