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Facial Protocol Developed to Prevent PPE Pressure Injuries

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The primary outcome of interest was the incidence of facial pressure injuries.

The Journal of Wound Care has released a study on the impact of a skin care routine and care bundle has on facial pressure injuries among frontline healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study created a care bundle consisting of skin protection, face mask selection, material use, skin inspection, cleansing and hydration developed in line with international best practice guidelines. 

These care bundles plus an information pamphlet, were given to all staff working in COVID-19 wards, intensive care units and the emergency department in a hospital located in Ireland.

The results showed that among those who responded to the survey, the use of the bundle was associated with a reduction in the incidence of skin injury from 29% to 8%, and respondents found the bundle easy to use, safe and effective.

This study has identified that when skin care is prioritized, and a systematic preventative care bundle approach is adopted, there are clear benefits for the individuals involved.