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How does the skin function?
The skin is a vital organ and a genuine envelope for the human body. Considered to be the largest organ in the body the functions of skin include:
- acting as a multifunctional barrier between the body and the external environment
- regulating body temperature
- helping to produce vitamin D
- is a source of a myriad of sensations through it's many receptors.
Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a rare, genetic skin disease, which affects around 500,000 people worldwide. It is estimated that there are around 1,000 people in Australia who have some form of EB.
Pressure ulcers are common in people confined to bed for long periods, or immobilised due to a disease/accident. Each year in France, 300,000 patients are risk of developing a pressure ulcer(1). It is a wound which requires frequent care, which can take several months to heal and which mainly affects elderly patients (74 years on average).