Is this a new phrase for you? It was for me, but once I read the information it makes perfect sense along with supporting what nurses frequently see in clinical practice.
A recent group of experts met to create a literature review and consensus document about skin injury associated with medical adhesives. This report provides a great explanation of the various types of medical adhesives available and how they work.
Identification and explanation of different types of skin injury (with pictures) are included, along with a brief description of pathophysiology and epidemiology. Although it is easy to label all skin injury as an “allergy” to the adhesive, that is least frequent problem. Knowing the actual type of injury and causes can aid in changing the situation for your patients.
The report also contains recommendations for the correct way to apply and remove all adhesive products. All vascular access devices require some form of engineered stabilization/securement device with the most common ones involving some type of adhesive, but at the same time skin integrity is critical.
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Don’t miss this great resource to assist with improving patient care.
Author: Lynn Hadaway
Lynn Hadaway has more than 35 years experience in infusion nursing and adult education. Her experience comes from multiple acute care settings, healthcare manufacturing, continuing professional education.