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. Place a pillow between the knees while sleeping on your side to prevent skin-to-skin contact and increase air circulation between your legs.
Illustrations from the Northwest Regional SCI System (2006).
- Causes and Risks of Pressure Sores
- Preventing Pressure Sores
- How to Do Pressure Reliefs (Weight Shifts)
- Building Skin Tolerance
- Recognizing and Treating Pressure Sores
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