Some groups of people are at greater
risk from pressure ulcers than others.
for any reason contributes to the risk of pressure sore,
therefore the elderly, wheelchair users and patients who
are bed-ridden are most at risk.
People living with
especially women may also develop pressure ulcers, as prolonged
exposure to moisture can cause breakdown of skin tissue.
Many other conditions such as
can also increase the risk of pressure ulcers as the supply
of blood and oxygen to body tissue may be restricted.
In order to prevent pressure ulcers developing, it is important
that those who are immobile have pressure relieved frequently
either by manual turning or sophisticated bed systems. However
even if a patient is lying on a bed system risk areas still
require regular inspection.
This may need to be more frequent if sitting. A healthy
balanced diet and plenty of fluids will also help the condition
of the skin.
Those at higher risk of pressure ulcers, such as the elderly
and those with existing medical conditions should keep as
active and mobile as possible, taking some form of exercise
It is advisable to take part in exercise that uses a range
Also important is keeping the skin clean and dry, and checking
that bed linen is free from wrinkles.