Archive July 2018 XIX, No. 7

Ideas That Work: Hydrocolloid Dressing

Prevent IV Hub Pressure Ulcers

LAYER OF PROTECTION Hydrocolloid dressing acts as a buffer between the IV hub and a patient's sensitive skin.

Plastic IV hubs taped down onto skin can cause pressure ulcers, especially on the sensitive skin of pediatrics and on the frail skin of seniors. A simple solution: Place a small piece of hydrocolloid dressing under the hub to protect against pressure ulcers at the IV site. You can easily cut the dressing into different sizes for use on a variety of patients. In addition to your youngest and oldest patients, consider applying the hydrocolloid dressing on patients who undergo longer procedures.

Anjal Pong,
Institute for Nursing Excellence
(UCSF Children's Hospital)
Mission Bay, Calif.

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