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How to Prevent Pressure Injuries

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a pressure injury?

A pressure injury is an injury to the skin or tissue over a bony area. A pressure injury is also called a pressure sore, bedsore, wound, or decubitus ulcer. Pressure injuries can form over any area but are most common on the back, buttocks, hips, and heels.

What causes pressure injuries?

What increases my risk for a pressure injury?

What can I do to help prevent a pressure injury?

Prevent Pressure Injuries

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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