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