Prevalence of neonate adhesive skin injuries in a Jordanian intensive care unit
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Prevalence of neonate adhesive skin injuries in a Jordanian intensive care unit

Laila Habiballah Assistant professor, Faculty of Nursing, Irbid National University, Irbid, Jordan

Aim To determine the prevalence of adhesive skin injuries in neonates in a Jordanian neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and to examine the characteristics of neonates with these injuries.

Method A cross-sectional period-prevalence study was conducted in a university hospital in Jordan. A total of 169 neonates were examined for skin injuries caused by adhesive equipment.

Results The prevalence of skin injuries in this population was 26.6%. The injuries were located mostly on the face, arms, hands and chest, and were caused by endotracheal tubes, intravenous cannulae, fixation of nasogastric tubes and electrodes. Neonates with skin injuries were more likely to be preterm and underweight, to have respiratory problems and to have been connected to a mechanical ventilator.

Conclusion Adhesive skin injuries were found in more than one quarter of the neonates in this NICU and healthcare service providers should endeavour to minimise the occurrence of these injuries.

Nursing Children and Young People. 29, 10, 42-46. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2017.e966


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Received: 07 June 2017

Accepted: 09 October 2017