How To Treat Pressure Sores

Pressure sores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, primarily caused by prolonged pressure, shear & friction on the skin. 

At Seating Matters we aim to reduce the risk of pressure injuries through the use of clinical, therapeutic seating & specialist pressure cushions.

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What is a pressure sore?

The NHS definition of pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores or bedsores) "are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, primarily caused by prolonged pressure on the skin.

They can happen to anyone, but usually affect people confined to bed or who sit in a chair or wheelchair for long periods of time." (NHS)

How to prevent pressure sores?

When a patient is sitting in the wrong chair, they can be subject to a higher risk of injury from a fall or from developing a pressure ulcer, also known as a pressure injury. Following a specialist seating assessment and being matched with appropriate seating, the risk factors are greatly reduced.



 

How to treat pressure sores?

Seating Matters offer various educational resources and products to help you reduce the risk, assist in treating pressure injuries including;

If you would like some advice on how you can reduce the risk of pressure injuries, contact the Seating Matters team and we would be happy to help.

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Is it a pressure ulcer, pressure injury or bed sore?

In this global, connected world, the terminology we use when referring to medical conditions isn’t always translated universally. For many years, the painful wounds on patient’s bodies were referred to as “bed sores” or “decubitus ulcers”. Until the early twentieth century, these wounds were observed mostly in bed bound patients during the last period of their illness (Bansal et.al, 2005).  This is one reason why the term “bedsore” was so widely used.

At present, there is a move towards the re-naming of pressure ulcers to “pressure injuries” (PI). The term pressure injuries indicates that a PI is considered to be preventable and recognizes that ulcers are only one form of a pressure injury (NHQSH, 2011).   This term “pressure injury” is already being used in common clinical practice in Australia and New Zealand over the past number of years.


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