Friction



Definition - “the contact force parallel to the skin surface in case of sliding – i.e. sliding of the surfaces along each other”.

Fast Facts

  • Friction results in the disturbance of the skin.  Its ability to act as a barrier may be impaired. This poses and increased risk of infection or the underlying structures may be exposed
  • Friction often presents as a shallow, denuded and painful area
  • The buttocks, sacrum, back elbow, and heels are the most common areas for friction wounds
  • Friction wounds may be characterized by being very untidy wounds with ragged edges