Pressure sores, sometimes known as bedsores or pressure ulcers, are painful sores which occur when then blood supply to parts of the body is interrupted and skin and underlying tissue becomes damaged. In very serious cases, the underlying muscle and bone can also be damaged. People who are unable to move some or all of their body due to illness, paralysis or advanced age can develop pressure sores. If you have Diabetes you may be more prone to bedsores.
Pressure sores can quickly develop, sometimes over the course of a few hours.
If you notice any possible signs of damage such as areas of discolouration and patches of skin that feel unusually spongy, or tough to the touch, you should contact your GP.
Making regular and frequent changes to your position is one of the most effective ways of preventing pressure sores. If you are unable to change position yourself, a carer, or relative will be needed to assist you.
Seek medical advice if more than three of these conditions apply: