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Pressure Injury Hub

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.

Who Is at Risk of Getting a Pressure Injury?

You are at a higher risk of getting a pressure injury if you have:

Old age is a risk factor for pressure injuries

Old Age

Skin gets thinner and less elastic with age, increasing the risk of skin breakdown.

Poor health is a risk factor for pressure injuries

Disease

Conditions that cause poor blood circulation (e.g. heart disease), sensation problems (e.g. nerve/ blood vessel disease), or difficulties with moving (e.g. stroke), can increase risk of skin breakdown.

Being underweight or overweight is a risk factor for pressure injuries

Malnutrition / Obesity

Being underweight reduces muscle and fat protecting the skin. Additionally, being overweight puts excess pressure on the skin.

Reduced mobility is a risk factor for pressure injuries

Reduced Mobility

Difficulty moving (e.g. being bed-bound or wheelchair-bound) can increase the risk of continuous stress at pressure-prone areas of the body and increase the risk of skin breakdown.

Reduced mobility is a risk factor for pressure injuries

Incontinence

Constant wet skin (due to prolonged exposure to urine or faeces) is more prone to skin breakdown.

Please inform a healthcare professional if you notice signs of a pressure injury, or if you have any questions or concerns.

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