The net cost of hospital-acquired pressure injuries ranges from
$44,000 for a category II PI to $90,000 for a category IV.3
More than 28% of pressure injuries occur on the sacrum.6
Approximately 23% of pressure injuries occur on the heel.6
As part of a comprehensive pressure injury prevention plan, the use of polyurethane foam dressings to protect bony prominences from friction and shear should be considered to help decrease the risk of pressure injury development.4
When selecting a dressing, there are several ideal properties to consider, including the following from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines document.4
Warm, moist skin is more vulnerable to the damaging effects of pressure and shear, which are recognized risk factors for pressure injury formation.7
Look for a dressing with properties that reduce the amount of moisture trapped at the skin’s surface.
Applying and removing dressings from locations such as the heel and sacrum can be challenging, often requiring assistance to properly position the patient.
Look for a dressing designed to make application easier, which can help lead to fewer dressing failures and fewer unnecessary dressing changes.
Body areas at high risk for pressure injuries should be inspected often to detect early signs of pressure damage.
Look for a dressing that can be lifted and readhered frequently for assessment without damaging the skin.
Anatomical sites that overlay a bony prominence, such as the heel and sacrum, account for more than half of all pressure injuries4 due to their vulnerability to pressure, friction and shear.
Look for a dressing that is specifically designed for these high-risk locations and available in sizes to accommodate a wide range of body types.
Featuring 3M’s revolutionary polymer-cyanoacrylate technology, 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant creates a highly durable, ultra-thin barrier that attaches to wet, weepy, damaged skin8 and lasts up to seven days.9