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Intrinsic Factors

A flow-chart starting with tissue tolerance branching out to extrinsic factors (primary), subsequently flowing to moisture, friction and shear. The other branch reaches intrinsic factors (secondary), subsequently flowing to nutrition, demographics, oxygen delivery, skin temperature and chronic illness.

Intrinsic factors are those that influence the skin’s supporting structures and/or the lymphatic system and hence reduce the tissue’s tolerance to pressure. Factors include patient’s:

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Intrinsic factors are the individual patient characteristics that affect the ability of skin and soft tissue to withstand unrelieved pressure, friction and shear forces. Therefore, identification of intrinsic risk factors is important when assessing PU risk.

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Last updated: 27 March, 2008
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