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For some people, pressure ulcers are an inconvenience but they can be very serious.

A pressure ulcer may initially appear as a red area of skin that does not disappear after a few hours and it may feel tender. They can range in severity from red patches to open wounds that expose the underlying bone or muscle and sometimes lead to life-threatening complications.Treating pressure ulcers can be much more difficult than preventing one

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Pressure ulcer prevention team

To help people living in Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven and reduce pressure ulcers from occurring, we have established a specialist pressure ulcer prevention team, in partnership with Bradford District Care Foundation Trust.

The team aims to reduce all avoidable pressure ulcers, working closely with other health and care staff.  As experienced nurses who have previously worked in district nursing teams, they team are well aware of the challenges faced with regards to preventing pressure ulcers.

Jackie Knott, pressure ulcer team leader, said: “We are here to help anyone who has a concern about pressure ulcers. We will provide you with advice, support and care.

“With an increasing number of older people living in our district, it’s vital that we raise awareness about pressure ulcers, especially among carers and families of those who are vulnerable to developing a pressure ulcer.”

Who is this service for?

We provide care for anyone, aged 18 years or over, who are at risk of developing pressure ulcers or who have existing pressure ulcers and live in Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. The team will visit you at your home, including residential or care homes.

How to get in touch

To receive the help and support of the team you can self-refer, this means that you, or a carer or family member, can contact the team direct by phone 01274 256131.

If you live in Airedale or Wharfedale and need help and support from our team, please contact your doctor or district nurse. 

If you live in Craven and need help and support from our team, please contact your district nurse.

Your GP or other staff caring for you may suggest that our team can help you and make a referral on your behalf.

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How do pressure ulcers develop?

A pressure ulcer (bedsore) can develop within a few hours and is often caused by sitting or lying in the same position for too long without moving. This puts pressure on certain areas of the body. The pressure can reduce the blood supply to the skin and the tissues under the skin.

What is a pressure ulcer?

The skin may look slightly redder or darker than usual. It can develop to an open blister which can become worse.    

Which areas of my body can develop pressure ulcers?

You are risk of developing a pressure ulcer on your head, shoulder, sacrum (base of the spine), buttock, leg and heel. 

How do I avoid getting a pressure ulcer?

You can help by regularly:

  • checking your skin for soreness or damaged areas
  • drinking and eating a good diet
  • changing your position when you are sitting or laid down
  • applying moisturiser to dry skin.

What do I do if I have a problem or are worried?

If you are worried or have any concerns you should contact your doctor or call the district nurses team on 01274 256131.

You can also find out more about pressure ulcers on the NHS Choices website.