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1 2 2 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | J U N E 2 0 1 4 T he risk of pressure injuries is often overlooked, especially in outpatient surgery, where patients ambulate so soon after their procedures. But even temporary surgical positioning and immobilization can lead to perioperative skin break- down, nerve injury, or musculoskeletal or vascular damage. As the skin care champion for my hospital's ORs, I routinely meet with other nurses and managers to identify quality improvement opportuni- ties and reduce our hospital-acquired pressure ulcer rates. To ensure the P A T I E N T S A F E T Y Protect Patients From Pressure Injuries RISK GROUP For obese patients, as with the elderly and those with cir- culation-related co- morbidities, special attention must be paid to padding and support during positioning. 4 questions to improve surgical patients' skin care outcomes. Megan Dooman, RN, BSN, CNOR | Houston, Texas OSE_1406_part2_Layout 1 6/13/14 11:42 AM Page 122

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