UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System

Pressure Ulcers & Skin Care

Pressure Ulcers: What You Should Know (PDF)
This consumer guide is published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine.
 
Prevention of Pressure Sores through Skin Care (PDF)
For persons with spinal cord injury, pressure sores (aka ulcers) are a major concern. This InfoSheet explains risk factors, the stages of a pressure ulcers and methods to reduce the risk of getting them. This and other InfoSheets are provided by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS).

The Skin You’re In: An Overview of Maintaining Skin Integrity for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
Lauren Harney, RN, BSN, CWON, Boston Medical Center, May 2011, New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC) Lecture

Pressure Sores Part 1: Skin Care & Prevention
This 41 minute video reviews describes skin functions & risk factors for pressure sores, prevention of pressure sores such as proper seating, weight shifts, and nutrition. The impact of a pressure sore on QOL is explored. NOTE: See our SCI InfoSheet on Prevention of Pressure Ulcers for the update on Pressure Ulcer Stages. This video 1 in an 11-part video series provided by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS).

Pressure Sores Part 2: Treatment
This 10 minute video utilizes an anatomical model to demonstrate techniques for general care and treatment options for the four stages and unstageable pressure sores and tunneling wounds. This video 1 in an 11-part video series provided by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS).
 
Skin Care & Pressure Sores
This consumer factsheet was produced through a collaboration between the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) and the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model Systems. These materials undergo expert and consumer reviews to ensure they are up-to-date, evidence-based, and consumer-friendly.

New Findings in Pressure Ulcer Treatment and Prevention
This is an article from the SCI Update Newsletter published by the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS). (Spring 2002)
 
Skin Breakdown and Pressure Ulcer Prevention in Persons with SCI
“How To” video and factsheet from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury

Do Pressure Relief - Leaning Side to Side (Manual Wheelchair)
“How To” video and factsheet from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury

Do Pressure Relief - Push Up (Manual Wheelchair)
“How To” video from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury

Do Pressure Relief - Leaning Forward (Manual Wheelchair)
“How To” video from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury

Do Pressure Relief - Tilting and Reclining (Power Wheelchair)
“How To” video from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury

Do Pressure Relief - Leaning Forward (Power Wheelchair)
“How To” video from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury

Do Pressure Relief - Modified Leaning Side to Side (Power Wheelchair)
“How To” video from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individual with Spinal Cord Injury

Taking Care of Pressure Sores
SCI Patient Education Pamphlet from the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS).
 
Maintaining Healthy Skin (Part I) & Maintaining Healthy Skin (Part II)
SCI Patient Education Pamphlets from the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS).

Pressure ulcer treatment
This is an article from the SCI Update Newsletter published by the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS). (Fall 2005)

Skin Care: Bed and Mattress
This is one of the Educational Brochures from the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury SystemSpanish

Skin: It's Too Much Pressure!
This is one of the Educational Brochures from the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury System - Spanish

Skin Tool Box
This is one of the Educational Brochures from the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury System - Spanish

Smoking: Lungs, Skin, and Bladder

This is one of the Educational Brochures from the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury System - Spanish

Skin Care Overview
Information sheet from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago - Nursing Practice Council

Skin Care: Common Problems
Information sheet from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago - Nursing Practice Council

Skin Care: Preventing Pressure Sores
Information sheet from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago - Nursing Practice Council

Skin Care after Spinal Cord Injury
Information sheet from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago - Nursing Practice Council

Skin Care: Mattresses and Cushions
Information sheet from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago - Nursing Practice Council

Skin Care: Relieving Pressure on the Skin
Information sheet from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago - Nursing Practice Council

Skin
A chapter from the Spinal Cord Injury Patient – Family Teaching Manual published by the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley (RSCICDV) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. Spanish

Smoking's Effects on Secondary Complications of Spinal Cord Injury
This 11 minute video focuses on how many complications people experience after SCI are only made worse with smoking. Topics include respiratory complications (pneumonia), cardiovascular complications (blood flow), bladder cancer, osteoporosis (bone loss), pressure ulcers, pain, erectile dysfunction, and reproductive health for women. Also discussed, the almost equal harmful effects of secondhand smoke, how to quit smoking, and the benefits of quitting.