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Preventing medical device-related skin damage

Preventing medical device-related skin damage
Preventing medical device-related 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.

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

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Abstract

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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 2 September 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 435842
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/435842
ISSN: 0029-6570
PURE UUID: f787ec51-1a74-4e6d-b14a-49dc65680f8b
ORCID for Hannah Liversedge: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4885-4983

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Date deposited: 21 Nov 2019 17:30
Last modified: 07 Feb 2020 01:45

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