A 38-year-old member asked:
What are the predisposing factors to developing pressure sores?
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Dermatology 35 years experience
Protein, immobile: Pressure sores or "bedsores" are most commonly the result of three different conditions. Most common is immobility for extended periods of time. The pressure on the skin cuts its blood supply and this results in skin breakdown. Second, low blood protein may additionally cause the skin to break down prematurely. Last, urine and feces on the unclean skin, yields skin breakdown.
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Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
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Last updated Dec 9, 2013
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