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Tell Your Patients to Drink Up - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - March 2019

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2 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9 W hen you rewrite your poli- cy on reducing pressure injuries, you then need to get the right pressure redistributing devices to implement the policy. We invited vendors of positioning prod- ucts to send us the evidence-based data that supports their products' effi- cacy. Once we trimmed the list of prod- ucts down to 5, we invited those com- panies to a 2-day vendor fair, to come on site with a clinical expert and tell us why we should invest in their prod- uct to reduce pressure injuries on our patients. This provided a venue for frontline OR staff and physicians to see the products and ask ques- tions. Cost was the last thing we considered. The most important thing to us was the evidence showing the efficacy of the patient posi- tioning devices. We ended up eliminating foam — foam doesn't have any pressure redistribution properties — and chose to go with viscoelastic gel pads and positioners. Amos Schonrock, MAN, RN, CSSM, CNOR, PHN University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, Iowa amosorrn@yahoo.com PRESSURE INJURY PREVENTION We Switched From Foam to Gel Pads • NO PRESSURE Staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics look at fluidized-pressurized devices and 5-layer silicone foam dressing during a vendor fair. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

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