Protein changes make aging skin more susceptible to pressure ulcers

08/20/2013 | McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Reduced production of protective inflammasome proteins may be one reason pressure ulcers are so difficult to prevent in elderly patients, a study published in PLOS One found. Younger skin produces the proteins in response to pressure, but older skin contains lower levels that do not increase under pressure, leading to tissue breakdown, the researchers found. Clinicians should respond quickly to early signs of a pressure ulcer and recognize age-specific risk factors, the researchers said.

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