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 – The ability of the skin to act as a barrier may be impaired posing a higher risk of infection or the underlying structures may be exposed
  • Friction often presents as a shallow, denuded and painful area
  • The most common areas for this type of wound are the buttocks, sacrum, back, elbows and heels
  • Friction wounds may be characterized by being very untidy wounds with ragged edges
  • Friction has historically been included in the list of 4 key extrinsic factors but is now discussed separately and the wounds described as friction wounds