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COVID-19 Crisis - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2020

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A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 7 T he patient came in for a cys- toscopy, a com- mon outpatient procedure that only requires a person to be on the table for about 25 minutes. But the procedure does include slight Trendelenburg positioning, and this patient happened to be at risk for a pressure injury. On top of the injury risk inherent to the position, he had shearing forces and moisture, which wound up being a perfect storm of injury-inducing factors. In the end, this patient came out of surgery with a Stage 2 pressure injury (PI) as well as a deep tissue injury because there was no intervention when intervention was needed. This example was a real wake-up call for the periop nurses who were in the OR that day because it revealed something most staff — especially outpatient staff who generally don't see pressure and skin injuries as something they need to worry about — often aren't aware of: You can cause great damage to your Make Pressure Injuries Never Events Be proactive in protecting skin to prevent avoidable patient harm. • PRONE TO PRESSURE Using molded foam inserts for the head of prone patients — as opposed to regular square foam inserts — relieves pressure on the forehead and chin. Lehigh Valley Health Network Heather Kooiker, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR, CRNFA | Wyoming, Mich.

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