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Skin Care & Pressure Sores

 


Part 2: Preventing Pressure Sores

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What do I need to know?

How can I avoid getting a pressure sore?

Do regular pressure reliefs (also called weight shifting, pressure redistribution and pressure reduction).

Skin inspection

Padding, positioning and turning in bed

Keep skin clean and dry

Get a proper seating evaluation at least every two years or sooner if your health or skin condition changes.

Positioning and transferring

Clothing, shoes

Hydration (fluid intake)

Nutrition

Sun exposure

Equipment

Temperature

Circulation

How can I tell if I have a pressure sore, and what should I do?

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©2009 Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC). This publication was produced by the SCI Model Systems in collaboration with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (http://msktc. washington.edu) with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education, grant no. H133A060070.

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