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Things You Can't Control

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A lot of people get a pressure ulcer in the hospital right after their injury

Even if you take care of yourself, do pressure reliefs, do skin checks, and use the right equipment, you might get a pressure ulcer (which is what a doctor or nurse calls a pressure sore or bedsore). This is because sometimes things happen that you can't control. No one can help it when an accident happens, for example.

About one-third or a half of all people with spinal cord injury get a pressure ulcer in the hospital right after their injury. A lot of times, this is because they can't be moved or turned very much until they are stabilized, that is, until they are out of danger. This is an example of something you can't control.