WOUND & SKIN CARE: Saving the skin during kinetic bed therapy

October 2006 
Volume 36  Number 10
Pages 17 - 17
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Joyce Black is an associate professor of nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Wound and Skin Care is coordinated by Sharon Baranoski, RN, APN, CWOCN, MSN, FAAN, DAPWCA, director of acute care nursing at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill., and Elizabeth A. Ayello, RN, APRN, BC, CWOCN, PhD, FAAN, FAPWCA, faculty member at Excelsior College School of Nursing in Albany, N.Y., and senior adviser for The John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing in New York, N.Y.

When you care for a patient with severe injuries who needs kinetic bed therapy, lifesaving interventions are your top priorities. But don't neglect to assess his skin throughout therapy to protect him from shear forces, pressure ulcers, and other complications. Damage to the dermis can lead to serious and lasting problems, including infection, disfigurement, and functional impairment.

Let's look at Bill Jamison's case for an example of how and why ...

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