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Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Sores

October 20, 2015

Pressure sores are one of the most common complications spinal cord injury patients experience during the acute care setting. Nearly 80% of people with spinal cord injury will experience at least one pressure sore during their lifetime. Pressure sores can be very serious, even life threatening, but 95% of all pressure sores are preventable.

Other names for Pressure Sores you may have heard:

  • pressure ulcer
  • decubitus ulcer
  • decubiti (plural)
  • bedsore
  • skin breakdown

What is a pressure sore?

A pressure sore is an area of the skin that is damaged due to loss of blood flow to the area. Unrelieved pressure is the most common cause of pressure sores in SCI.

People with SCI are at high risk for developing pressure sores. Learn more in our Resource Library on how you can prevent pressure sores.

Resources on Pressure Sores and Prevention

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This information is from publications produced by the SCI Model Systems in collaboration with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center ( with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education, grant no. H133A060070.