Pressure Injury
Pressure injures also known as decubitus ulcers, pressure sores, bed sores (there are many names for this nasty skin breakdown) are caused by pressure against the skin which limits blood flow to the skin and nearby tissues.  They most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, ankles, hips and tailbone.  They can develop quickly and are often difficult to treat. 

Pressure injuries can be caused by:
  • Pressure from a hard surface – such as a bed or wheelchair
  • Pressure that is placed on the skin through involuntary muscle movements – such as muscle spasms
  • Moisture – which can break down the outer layer of the skin 

Pressure injuries are easier to prevent than treat and KayMag Occupational Therapy can assist by making recommendations for appropriate pressure relieving equipment and repositioning strategies to minimise the risk of pressure injuries occurring. 

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