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CE: Pressure Injuries Caused by Medical Devices and Other Objects A Clinical Update

Delmore, Barbara Ann PhD, RN, CWCN, MAPWCA, IIWCC-NYU; Ayello, Elizabeth A. PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWON, FAAN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: December 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 12 - p 36–45
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000527460.93222.31
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At the April 2016 National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) consensus conference, terminology and staging definitions were updated and two definitions were revised to describe pressure injuries (PIs) caused by medical devices or other items on the skin or mucosa. Here, the authors discuss the etiology and prevention of PIs resulting from medical and other devices, the frequency of such injuries, and the bodily sites at which they most often occur. They provide an overview of the current NPUAP guideline, highlight important risk factors, and explain why mucosal PIs cannot be staged.

A review of the etiology, identification, and prevention of pressure injuries caused by medical and other devices, plus highlights from the current National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel clinical guidelines.

Barbara Ann Delmore is a senior nurse scientist in the Center for Innovations in the Advancement of Care, NYU Langone Health, New York, NY, and a member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) board of directors. Elizabeth A. Ayello is a faculty member at the Excelsior College School of Nursing, Albany, NY, clinical editor of Advances in Skin and Wound Care, and a former NPUAP president and member of the board of directors. Contact author: Barbara Ann Delmore, barbara.delmore@nyumc.org. The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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