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

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.

At-Risk Regions Corres­ponding to Postures

*No.
Region
Post­ure
1
Back of head
Supine
2
Right head
Right Yearner, Right Foetus
3
Left head
Left Yearner, Left Foetus
4
Right back
Supine, Right Yearner, Right Foetus
5
Left back
Supine, Left Yearner, Left Foetus
6
Right shoulder
Right Yearner, Right Foetus
7
Left shoulder
Left Yearner, Left Foetus
8
Right elbow
Supine, Right Yearner, Right Foetus
9
Left elbow
Supine, Left Yearner, Left Foetus
10
Center sacrum
Supine
11
Right buttock
Supine, Right Yearner, Right Foetus
12
Left buttock
Supine, Left Yearner, Left Foetus
13
Right hip
Right Yearner, Right Foetus
14
Left hip
Left Yearner, Left Foetus
15
Right leg
Supine, Right Yearner, Right Foetus
16
Left leg
Supine, Left Yearner, Left Foetus
17
Right heel
Supine
18
Left heel
Supine
19
Right ankle
Right Yearner, Right Foetus
20
Left ankle
Left Yearner, Left Foetus
 

Sitting in Chair or Wheelchair

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.

Lying in Bed on One Side

Place a pillow between the knees while sleeping on your side to prevent skin-t­o-skin contact and increase air circul­ation between your legs.

Lying in Bed

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.

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