On 18 November 2021, the Spinal Injuries Association is launching their ‘Stop the Pressure Day’ campaign.
‘Stop the pressure day’ aims to improve awareness and aid in the prevention of pressure sores before they develop through good practice.
The Spinal Injury Association supports those who have suffered spinal cord injuries with information and support. Individuals with spinal injuries can be particularly susceptible to pressure ulcers and these can have a significant impact upon their day-to-day quality of life.
Fortunately, pressure sores are considered preventable and with appropriate care they can generally be avoided. Pressure sores develop when a particular area of the body is exposed to continued pressure which limits blood flow and oxygen supply to the skin. There are a number of preventative actions that can be put in place to ensure a sore does not develop such as regular repositioning, proper hydration, and using appropriate equipment amongst many other measures. The Spinal Injuries Association has a number of useful resources on their website with information on pressure sore prevention related to their campaign.
When mismanaged, there can be significant complications that result from an easily preventable issue including significant periods of bed rest, loss of tissue or in some cases surgery.
Our clients advise us that the consequences of pressure sores in themselves can further impair ability to carry out day-to-day activities, and can result in the need for further equipment and restrictions on travel. The scarring can affect self-confidence and body image. There can be significant worry about the risk of re-occurrence and anxiety about the need to go into hospital in case pressure damage is sustained.
We fully support the Spinal Injuries Association in their worthwhile campaign. Visit the Spinal Injuries Association website for more details.