Explanation: "A pressure sore is a skin wound. Pressure sores usually develop on bony parts of the body such as the tailbone, hip, ankle, or heel. They are usually caused by constant pressure on one part of the skin. Pressure sores are sometimes called bedsores. These sores can be caused from the pressure on the skin from chairs, wheelchairs, or beds. Severe pressure sores may take a long time to heal. As a result, some of the pressure sores included in this data may be ones that facilities are in the process of successfully treating and improving."

Why is this important?: "There are several things that nursing homes can do that may help to prevent or treat pressure sores, such as frequently changing the resident's position, proper nutrition, and using soft padding to reduce pressure on the skin. Some residents may get pressure sores even when the nursing home provides good preventive care."


Taken from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services: Nursing Home Information for Consumers