Introduction to Pressure Injuries

Mölnlycke Health Care recognises the challenges faced by healthcare practitioners in treating and preventing pressure injuries (PI). The information contained within this pressure injury section is designed to help you develop your knowledge on pressure injuries and also share with you some of the solutions that Mölnlycke Health Care offer to help you treat and prevent pressure injuries within your patient population.

A pressure injury may be defined as a “localised injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure or pressure in combination with shear.
A number of contributing or confounding factors are also associated with pressure injuries; the significance of these factors has yet to be elucidated”1

Pressure injuries are not a new phenomenon – literature reports the presence dating back thousands of years however recent decades have seen growing body of knowledge and research leading to development of practice guidelines, risk assessment tools and preventative programmes. For example there has been a 960% increase in publications focusing on pressure injuries between 1990-2008.2