Pressure Ulcers

pressure ulcer

A pressure ulcer is damage that occurs on the skin and underlying tissue. Pressure ulcers are caused by three main things:

  • Pressure - the weight of the body pressing down on the skin
  • Shear - the layers of the skin are forced to slide over one another or over deeper tissues for example when you slide down or are pulled up, a bed chair or when you are transferring to and from your wheelchair.
  • Friction - rubbing the skin

For further information on Pressure Ulcers and how to prevent them, please visit the Stop The Pressure website