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Skin Integrity and Pressure Injuries

Prevention Through Affecting Extrinsic Factors

Extrinsic factors are those factors that are external to the body. These may include factors such as the surfaces a person sits or the knowledge they have related to managing externally applied pressures. The results of a scoping review related to these extrinsic factors, by Tung et al. (2015) identified that no one approach to management was successful and recommended that a multifactorial approach be taken to optimize pressure management. While the data that follow has been separated into sub-sections, the reader is asked to consider it as a multifactorial approach, with considerations for the individual needs.

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