Day-to-Day Care


Observation:  Pressure Sore



Pressure sores may be visible after a full-body examination of a person.  They are usually found on weight-bearing areas of the body, or bony areas of the body. The places to watch for pressure sores are the base of the spine (tailbone), heels, hips, and other places where bones are close to the skin.

Signs and Symptoms of Pressure Sores


It is important to notice areas that are red.  These may be the beginning of pressure sores.

Pressure sores may hurt and may make it difficult for the person to sit or sleep comfortably.



Infected Pressure Sores

If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.


Elevated body temperature

Yellow or green pus

Odor emanating from the sore

Redness, or warmth around the sore

Swelling or tenderness around the area


Infected sores take a long time to heal and the infection can spread to other parts of the body.  Fever or chills, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, rapid heartbeat, and general weakness are signs that an infection may have spread.



Return to Top


► Back to Nursing Manual Table of Contents