Assessment and Management of Sacral Pressure Ulcers

Sacral pressure ulcers are caused when bone pinched the overlying tissues. The pelvis, hip or lower spine are usually to blame (i.e., ischium, greater trochanter, or sacrum). When the patient’s body weight rests on one of these bones, it compresses the tissue and prevents blood from flowing to the area.1 Over time, the tissue becomes […]

Skin Tear Risk Factors & Prevention

For the geriatric population (65 years and older) skin tears are a growing concern. It is estimated that almost 1/4 of the population will fall into this age category by 2060 making it an unavoidable truth that health care professionals will need to make skin tear prevention a priority in their care plan. Skin tears […]

Prevention & Care of Pressure Ulcers

Pressure Ulcers Pressure ulcers are one of the most common conditions that affect hospitalized and chronic care patients. A pressure ulcer occurs when an area of skin is “pinched” between a bone and a surface, like a bed mattress or the seat of a wheelchair.  As such, pressure ulcers often occur in the lower back, […]

Skin Tear Prevention: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

With the population of Americans age 65 or older projected to grow from approximately 46 million to 98 million by 2060, skin tears are a growing problem for health care professionals. The most important part of prevention is identifying the risk factors for skin tears; age, dry skin, poor nutrition, and other factors can increase […]

Mitigating Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI)

Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI) is a problematic skin condition, that can be caused by the use of medical adhesives in applicable settings. The levels of irritation vary with MARSI  and can range from minor skin redness, swelling and contact dermatitis to skin stripping, tearing and maceration. All of which inhibit proper recovery and healing. […]