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Understanding support surfaces

30 August 2011

<p>Support surfaces have been classified in many ways over recent years, often upon the basis of how they modify the pressure exerted upon vulnerable body sites such as the sacrum and heels. This article describes the weaknesses of pressure-based classification schemes and highlights ongoing work in North America, Europe and Japan that seeks to provide explicit test protocols through which support surface performance can be quantified.</p>

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