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3-Minute Turnover - December 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 E xtra care is needed when removing adhesives in the OR, especially when caring for patients with fragile or deli- cate skin. A few tips to avoid tearing skin when you pull drapes, monitoring lines and tape off patients: SKIN CARE Adhesive Removal: Go Low and Slow • Always apply adhesives to dry skin. Before applying the drapes and adhe- sive, let prepped skin fully dry to prevent potential skin irrita- tion. Similarly, when you clean the patient with sterile saline after the procedure, wait for the skin to dry before putting on the post-op dressing and adhesive. • Use low tension. Don't stick one end of an adhesive to the skin before pulling it taut and stretching it across the application area. Hold it lightly and place it gently on the skin. • Easy does it. During removal, slow- ly pull up the edge of • LOW AND SLOW To keep skin intact when removing adhesives, pull back the adhesive at a low horizontal angle, away from the corner or edge, slowly separating it from the skin. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, N.Y.

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