Best practices that can help prevent medical device-related pressure injuries

There are several best practices that can help prevent medical device-related pressure injuries:
  1. Regularly assess the patient's skin for signs of pressure injury, such as redness, warmth, or breakdown at least once a day (if not medically contraindicated).

  2. Use proper support surfaces, such as mattresses or overlays, to redistribute pressure and reduce the risk of injury. 

  3. Choose the correct size of medical device(s). 

  4. Avoid placing devices, such as catheters or feeding tubes, in areas of the body where they may cause pressure or friction.

  5. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use and care of medical devices.

  6. Regularly reposition the patient to minimize the amount of time spent in one position.

  7. Educate the patient and their caregivers on how to properly care for the skin and prevent pressure injuries.

  8. Use preventive measures, such as skin moisturizers, to keep the skin healthy and reduce the risk of injury.

It is important to note that these are general best practices and may not be appropriate for all individuals. It is always best to consult with a healthcare provider or a registered nurse to determine the most appropriate preventive measures for an individual's specific needs.

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