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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)


Sun exposure




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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