Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Taking the Pressure Off - Preventing Pressure Ulcers

About this Fact Sheet:

Pressure ulcers or bedsores are caused by constant pressure that damages the skin and underlying tissue. They can develop in a very short time period and take longer to heal. They may have a huge impact on your every day life, as normal activities can be restricted while the ulcer heals.

If you spend long periods of time in a bed, chair or wheelchair and have lost your feeling in your lower body, you maybe at increased risk of getting pressure ulcers. In most cases, pressure ulcers can be prevented.