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Development of pressure ulcers when sitting

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posted on 08.04.2019 by Melanie Stephens, Carol Bartley
Studies suggest that sedentary lifestyles are increasing with the average adult
spending 50–60% of the day sitting. This change in lifestyle activities poses a risk
not just to a person’s general health but also for the development of a pressure ulcer,
particularly in people who are forced to sit for extended periods of time due to illness
or disability. The purpose of this article is to define and categorise pressure ulcers.
To explore how and where pressure ulcers develop in the seated individual, the risk
factors from direct and indirect forces when seated and the evidence base to explain
why pressure ulcers develop when sitting.

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