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January 2020

Skin Microclimate and Wheelchair Seating, Part 1

Skin Microclimate and Wheelchair Seating, Part 1

In a study at the University of Minnesota on the impact of temperature, porcine participants were given 100mmHG of mechanical pressure to six identically sized areas2. The only variable was the temperature of each site. At 25° C (77° F) the study concluded there was no significant damage. At 45° C (113° F), the difference was dramatic, described as "full thickness cutaneous and deep tissue injury."


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