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I f you think residents of nursing homes are the only people who wind up with agoniz- ing pressure injuries because they've been laying in the same position for weeks at a time, consider the case I saw while over- seeing a multi-year project to develop and initiate a comprehensive pressure injury prevention program for a large hospital system. A 19-year-old woman came to the outpatient sur- gery center for a mandibular surgery, which was a success. During the post-op appointment with the surgeon, however, she arrived with a deep-tissue pressure injury on her left buttocks from being in the same position on the operating table for approx- imately eight hours. This patient, whose mandible was healing perfectly, actually took the post-op pain 2 8 • S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 PRONE TO PROBLEMS Special attention should be paid to padding the head, chest, breast, torso and genitalia on patients who are positioned on their stomachs. 7 Keys to Reducing Pressure Injuries Protect vulnerable areas during surgery to make sure patients leave with their skin intact. Sue Creehan, MSN, RN, CWON | Richmond, Va.

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