What is pressure injury?
Also known as a bedsore or decubitus ulcer or pressure ulcer, it is damage to your skin from pressure or shear. It can become very serious and it is best to try to avoid it.
Some important risk factors:
Pressure: Being in the same position for too long.
Shear: Dragging or sliding part of your body.
Nutrition: Not eating enough nutritious food or drinking enough fluids.
Moisture: When your skin becomes too wet or dry.
How can I protect my skin?
Minimize pressure and shear
- Don’t massage or rub your skin over bony areas.
- Move your body regularly, even in bed in the chair.
- Keep your heels off the bed. Hang them over the pillow’s edge.
- Eat and drink well.
- Use a barrier cream if you have urine or stool incontinence.
- Poor appetite? Tell your Physician, Registered Dietitian or Nurse.
- Use a barrier cream if you are losing control of urine or stool.
- Keep your skin hydrated by drinking water and applying lotion.
Ask for help with these activities, if needed. Speak with a member of your health care team if you have any concerns.