Pressure injuries (bed sores) are areas of damage to the skin or underlying tissue, caused by lying in one place for too long or your skin rubbing against another surface. 

Patients who are not very mobile or have poor blood supply to the legs and feet are at most risk of developing a pressure injury.

In most cases, pressure injuries can be prevented. Your nurse will regularly check your skin for signs of damage, but if you have any discomfort, let your nurse know.

To prevent pressure injuries, you can:

  • Move your legs and ankles around as much as you can while you are in bed 
  • Call the nurse if you are uncomfortable. We are very happy to help you change position and can provide a special mattress or cushion for support
  • Let staff know if your bed linen is damp. It is important we keep you and your bed dry

What matters to you, matters to us. For more information about how we will work with you to keep you safe while you’re in hospital go to Your safety is our priority.

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