A pressure related injury (also known as a pressure ulcer, pressure sore or bed sore) occurs where an area of skin has been damaged due to unrelieved pressure. Pressure injuries can cause significant pain and discomfort which may result in a slower recovery for the patient.
Whether you are lying in bed or sitting in a chair, the best thing you can do to prevent a pressure injury is to relieve the pressure by keeping active and changing your position frequently. If you are unable to move yourself, the staff will help to change your position regularly.
St Vincent’s Private Hospital has special equipment such as air mattresses, cushions and booties which may be used to reduce the pressure in particular areas. Your risk of developing a pressure injury is assessed on admission and strategies are put in place to meet your individual needs.