Skin Care & Pressure Sores - Areas at high risk of developing pressure sores

Written by MSKTC Experts  //  Spinal Cord Injury

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Areas where bones are close to the surface (called "bony prominences") and areas that are under the most pressure are at greatest risk for developing pressure sores.

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In bed, body parts can be padded with pillows or foam to keep bony prominences (areas where bones are close to the skin surface) free of pressure. Place a pillow between the knees while sleeping on your side to prevent skin-to-skin contact and increase air circulation between your legs.

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Illustrations from the Northwest Regional SCI System (2006).

 

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