Lesson 1 – Why Do Bedsores Occur ?
Although people develop pressure injuries (aka pressure ulcers or bedsores) for a variety of reasons, at the root of ALL pressure injuries is pressure itself.
Did you know that 90% of bedsores occur on only two areas of the body? 1. The trunk area (sacrum/coccyx and hip sides, aka the greater trochanter) and 2. The heels.
In this chapter, we explore how pressure injuries (bedsores) develop, what they look like and why they commonly occur where they they do. This helps us to see why positioning to reduce pressure is the single most important thing we can do to prevent and treat bedsores.