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Medical device-related pressure ulcers

Authors Black J, Kalowes P

Received 15 October 2015

Accepted for publication 19 March 2016

Published 29 August 2016 Volume 2016:3 Pages 91—99

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CWCMR.S82370

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Mina Zarei

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Marco Romanelli


Joyce M Black,1 Peggy Kalowes2

1Adult Health and Illness Department, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2Nursing Research and Innovation, Long Beach Memorial Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital, Long Beach, CA, USA

Abstract: Pressure ulcers from medical devices are common and can cause significant morbidity in patients of all ages. These pressure ulcers appear in the shape of the device and are most often found from the use of oxygen delivery devices. A hospital program designed to reduce the number of pressure ulcers from medical devices was successful. The program involved the development of a team that focused on skin, the results were then published for the staff to track their performance, and it was found that using foam dressings helped reduce the pressure from the device. The incidence of ulcers from medical devices has remained at zero at this hospital since this program was implemented.

Keywords: pressure ulcer, medical device related

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