Pressure Damage Prevention in Neonates
Alison Chandler - Tissue Viability Nurse, Jane Lewis - Neonatal Sister & Ryan Hare - Neonatal Nurse
4.5% of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers occur in patients with medical devices. (1). It is also noted that patients with medical devices are 2.4 times more likely to develop pressure ulcers of any kind. (1) Despite significant investment in the prevention of pressure ulcers within the organisation, small pockets remain where they still occur.
A targeted approach has been taken to reduce these, starting with the device related damage that has occurred in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Although small in size the pressure ulcers that occur under the NIPPV masks (see figures) are significant in terms of depth of damage and their potential to scar the baby for the rest of their life.