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Is a person with more body fat more or less likely to get pressure sores?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Obesity PU: Obese patients are more at risk for pressure sores than a usual weight patient.
Dr. Jason Forbes
Wound care 16 years experience
Less: Generally, people with a larger body mass have a lower risk for pressure sores because they have more padding between bony prominences and the skin. However, when pressure sores develop near the bone (deep tissue injury), they tend to be much worse in larger patients because the tissue damage can be extensive before they are noticed.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Plastic Surgery 56 years experience
It depends: Obesity itself is not the important factor. Nutrition is. If someone lacks the protein, vitamins and minerals to maintain and heal, there obesity will not be protective.

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