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Does poor hydration increase the risk of an immobile patient developing a pressure sore?
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Yes
The general rule: no pressure, no sore.
Certainly hydration and nutrition are important factors in preventing pressure sores, but the most important factor is the avoidance of pressure. Generally, immobile patients or those without sensation (e.g. Spinal cord injury patients) shoud be moved every two hours to avoid prolonged pressure on any given point.

In brief: Yes
The general rule: no pressure, no sore.
Certainly hydration and nutrition are important factors in preventing pressure sores, but the most important factor is the avoidance of pressure. Generally, immobile patients or those without sensation (e.g. Spinal cord injury patients) shoud be moved every two hours to avoid prolonged pressure on any given point.
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