Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)


Signs

What are the signs of underlying pressure damage?

  • Skin discolouration is a sign on underlying pressure damage. You should remove the source of pressure immediately to prevent further damage and development of a pressure sore.
  • Redness is a sign on underlying pressure damage. You should remove the source of pressure immediately to prevent further damage and development of a pressure sore.
  • It is unlikely that excessive hair growth is a sign of underlying pressure damage occurring, however, you should continue to observe the skin regularly to detect increased pressure and prevent sores developing.
  • If an area appears ‘white’ under pressure, and stays white when the pressure is removed (it is important that you remove the pressure) this is a sign of underlying pressure damage. You should remove the source of pressure immediately to prevent further damage and development of a pressure sore.
  • If skin looks normal it is unlikely that there is underlying pressure damage occurring, however, you should continue to observe the skin regularly to detect increased pressure and prevent sores developing.
  • It is unlikely that moles and warts are a sign of underlying pressure damage occurring, however, you should continue to observe the skin regularly to detect increased pressure and prevent sores developing.

Page last reviewed: 29 Jan 2020