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Preventing Medical Device-Related Pressure Injuries in Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Preventing Medical Device–Related Pressure Injuries in Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published stringent guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE) use in the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition, many health care providers are working long hours to care for COVID-19 patients. This combination of strict PPE guidelines and longer working hours have created an ideal environment for the development of medical device–related pressure injuries (MDRPIs).

This informative and heavily-referenced Hy-Tape–sponsored white paper describes the PPE required by health care professionals in the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks of MDRPIs posed by these protective devices. This guide also provides specific techniques to protect vulnerable skin when PPE use is necessary.

Health care professionals, who are all at risk of injury from PPE in the current pandemic, will find this guide a useful aid to preventing MDRPIs caused by extended PPE wear.

This white paper covers the following topics:

Health care providers’ PPE in the COVID-19 pandemic
PPE in the pathogenesis of MDRPIs
Comparison of pressure, friction, and shear
MDRPIs in COVID-19 patients
Specific actions to prevent MDRPIs
Hy-Tape adhesives in prevention of MDRPIs

This paper is written for wound care clinicians and purchasing directors with an interest in product solutions. This paper was developed by an independent third party.

Sponsored by Hy-Tape International

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published stringent guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE) use in the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition, many health care providers are working long hours to care for COVID-19 patients. This combination of strict PPE guidelines and longer working hours have created an ideal environment for the development of medical device–related pressure injuries (MDRPIs).

This informative and heavily-referenced Hy-Tape–sponsored white paper describes the PPE required by health care professionals in the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks of MDRPIs posed by these protective devices. This guide also provides specific techniques to protect vulnerable skin when PPE use is necessary.

Health care professionals, who are all at risk of injury from PPE in the current pandemic, will find this guide a useful aid to preventing MDRPIs caused by extended PPE wear.

This white paper covers the following topics:

Health care providers’ PPE in the COVID-19 pandemic
PPE in the pathogenesis of MDRPIs
Comparison of pressure, friction, and shear
MDRPIs in COVID-19 patients
Specific actions to prevent MDRPIs
Hy-Tape adhesives in prevention of MDRPIs

This paper is written for wound care clinicians and purchasing directors with an interest in product solutions. This paper was developed by an independent third party.

Sponsored by Hy-Tape International

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