The type of support surface protector material greatly influences skin temperature depending on the specific area of the body in contact with the surface. The protective plastic that is currently used in hospitals may increase the risk of skin lesions. Simple changes in practices could help minimize the negative impact that plastic protectors contribute to the skin. Regardless, the surface area should be covered with protective covers that do not produce an increase in local temperature and hygienically maintain their integrity.
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