Preventing medical device-related skin damage
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Evidence and practice    

Preventing medical device-related skin damage

Hannah Liversedge Lecturer in adult nursing, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your awareness of the common causes of medical device-related skin damage

  • To identify ways to prevent and minimise the occurrence of medical device-related skin damage

  • To enable you to provide effective patient education on skin care and how to prevent skin damage

While medical technology is continuing to improve healthcare outcomes and quality of life for patients, the number of people affected by medical device-related skin damage is increasing. In many cases, life-preserving medical devices used in interventions such as nasal continuous positive airway pressure or oxygen therapy can cause significant skin damage, with negative consequences including pain, infection and delayed hospital discharge. This article outlines methods that nurses can use to minimise the risk of skin damage, focusing primarily on the prevention of pressure ulcers. It also examines how nurses can work collaboratively with patients, manufacturers and regulatory bodies to reduce the risk of medical device-related skin damage in the future.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11375

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Liversedge H (2019) Preventing medical device-related skin damage. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11375

Published online: 02 September 2019

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