Skin oxygen tension as a function of imposed skin pressure: implication for decubitus ulcer formation.

@article{Seiler1979SkinOT,
  title={Skin oxygen tension as a function of imposed skin pressure: implication for decubitus ulcer formation.},
  author={Walter O. Seiler and Hannes Balthasar St{\"a}helin},
  journal={Journal of the American Geriatrics Society},
  year={1979},
  volume={27 7},
  pages={298-301}
}
Pressure is a crucial factor in the formation of decubitus ulcers. To elucidate the effect of imposed skin pressure, a new cutaneous oxygen sensor was used to measure the skin oxygen tension under increasing pressure upon skin tissue at "hard sites" (bony prominences) and at "soft sites" (muscle-padded areas). At hard sites the skin oxygen tension fell rapidly under increasing pressure (y = 90.9--0.39. X; r = 0.98) from an initial value of 86.4 +/- 10.6 to 20.2 +/- 12.1 mm Hg under an imposed… CONTINUE READING

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