Any factor that exposes the skin to excessive pressure, or diminishes its tolerance to pressure, is considered a risk factor for pressure injuries.

There are both Extrinsic and Intrinsic risk factors that predispose to Pressure Injury development.

Intrinsic factors are those factors which influence the architecture and integrity of the skin and supporting structures, in particular, collagen and elastin. These factors diminish the ability of the soft tissue to absorb and tolerate mechanical load.

So, which of the below is NOT an intrinsic factor? Take our quiz:

What isn’t an intrinsic risk factor for Pressure Injuries?

Did you get it right? Are you interested in learning more about or refreshing your knowledge of pressure injuries?

Our Pressure Injury Module is the ideal learning resource.

This module explores pressure injury assessment, management and prevention strategies including:

  • Completing a pressure injury risk assessment, the tools recommended and how to conduct a skin assessment
  • Classification of pressure injuries using the NPUAP/EPUAP pressure injury classification system and subsequent treatment for each stage of pressure injury
  • The NSQHS Standard 8 preventing and managing pressure injuries and subsequent recommendations.

This module provides you with 6 Hours CPD and is completed 100% online, at your own pace, and on your phone, tablet or desktop computer. The module is interactive with videos, images, case studies, quizzes and more.

The module can be purchased on our website or ask your course provider or faculty if they are offering our online learning suite in your course.

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