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Does friction play a role in the occurrence of pressure ulcers?

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Does friction play a role in the occurrence of pressure ulcers?

Jacqui Fletcher
21 March 2016

This article looks at the importance of addressing pressure, shear and microclimate to prevent pressure ulcer formation. It particularly focuses on the friction which contributes to shear forces. Silk-like sheets and gowns can reduce this static friction that can add to the factors that cause pressure ulcer formation in at-risk patients. This article includes an overview of the literature that supports the use of silk-like sheets, gowns and heel protectors, and also discusses international guidance about pressure ulcer prevention that recommends that silk-like fabrics should be considered for use among people who are at risk of pressure ulcer formation.

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