What is a pressure injury?

Pressure injuries, also known as pressure ulcers or bedsores, are injuries to skin and underlying tissue that are caused by prolonged pressure. They are localized injuries to the skin and/or underlying tissues generally caused by prolonged pressure or shear near bony prominences. Pressure injuries commonly impact people with limited mobility and sensation.

There are six categories of pressure injuries: Stages 1-4, Unstageable, and Deep Tissue Injury. Staging is determined clinically and is based on the type of tissue visualized or palpated.

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