A Pressure Injury resource for both patients and caregivers alike. Learn more about pressure injuries, prevention measures and how to better manage them. Find out when you or your patients should seek treatment and what to expect in the pressure injury care journey.
Pressure injuries are more common than you may think. In developed countries, estimates of the prevalence of pressure injuries range from 10.1% to 14.8%1.
Pressure injuries can cause harm to you or your loved ones. They can cause pain and can also lead to long-term disability or death.
Having a pressure injury affected my life a lot…I cannot sit properly as the wound is on my buttocks, and it can be very painful in certain positions. Nowadays, I also need to rely on others to help me out, whereas in the past I was more independent. ~ Patient Mr D.
Pressure injuries can take months or even years to heal. Once a pressure injury worsens, it becomes harder to treat and can lead to other complications such as skin or bone infections.
I feel frustrated thinking about my pressure injury and when it can be completely healed…it has been 3 months, and the wound has not improved. ~ Patient Mr I.A.
The majority of pressure injuries are preventable, and prevention is better than cure. As a patient/ caregiver, you play an important role in preventing pressure injuries. Make pressure injury prevention your priority today!
It was a very long and tough journey caring for my mum with pressure injuries. I felt very stressed caring for the wounds, and especially worried about them getting worse and becoming infected…If I had known more about pressure injuries, I would have definitely tried to do much more to prevent them from happening. ~ Caregiver Mdm T.
Please inform a healthcare professional if you notice signs of a pressure injury, or if you have any questions or concerns.
1. World Health Organisation & World Alliance for Patient Safety. Research Priority Setting Working Group (2008).Summary of the evidence on patient safety: implications for research.
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