JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J., put the focus on pressure ulcers in a daylong educational event presented by the pressure ulcer committee and the respiratory department.
“Medical Device-Related Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day” on July 26 featured more than 10 interactive stations, according to a news release.
The stations were devoted to topics including pressure ulcers caused by natural causes, BiPAP mask, respiratory devices, chest tube, IV tubing, ET tube, Foley tubing, sequential pressure device, rectal tubing and cast.
The displays aimed to teach through poster presentations, demonstrations, simulation and quizzes.
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has said pressure ulcers can occur on any tissue under pressure and therefore can develop beneath medical devices. According to the 2010 study “Medical device related pressure ulcers in hospitalized patients” by Joyce M. Black, RN, PhD, assistant professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, if a patient had a medical device, they were two to four times more likely to develop a pressure ulcer.