Pressure Sores

A healthy person can develop a pressure sore in 6 to 12 hours. While 63 percent of patients who sit for unlimited periods of time develop pressure sores, only 7 percent who sit for maximum periods of 2 hours develop pressure sores. Although there are several intrinsic (within the body) risk factors for pressure sores, there is only one extrinsic (coming from outside the body) risk factor for pressure sores: Pressure. Cushions can be used to reduce external pressure. Studies show it is best to change posture frequently and use a medium density, open-cell foam cushion that envelops the buttocks to minimize external pressure.

A Healthy Person can Develop Pressure Sores in 6 – 12 Hours

“A healthy individual can develop pressure sores in six to twelve hours if left undisturbed in the same position, (Hargast, T., 1979; Staggs, K., 1983; Torrence, C., 1981).” (2)

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