Personal Protective Equipment and Risk of Pressure Injury

The increased use of masks and eye protection required for COVID-19 has increased the risk of pressure injuries for health care professionals has become evident from our overseas professionals. The use of hydrocolloid, low profile foam and other silicone based dressings/taping are options to use under personal protective equipment to protect these vulnerable areas. We encourage you to share this information with your organisations Emergency Management and Infection Control Teams so they can best utilise and disseminate this information. In addition wound companies that provide these products to your organisations can provide more advice on cutting techniques and application.

For more information please see the resources below:

Disclaimer: The society does not endorse any specific wound care products.

 

Prone Positioning

Improved oxygenation and reduced mortality with prone positioning in moderate and severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (including with COVID-19) guide has been released by the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel.

Again we reiterate to use this information through the correct channels hence your organisations Emergency Management and Infection Control Teams so they can best utilise and disseminate this information.

 

Guidelines for Podiatrists for COVID-19 - click here to link to Podiatrist Board NZ 

Tissue Viabilty Society - Covid-19 Information