Pressure ulcer formation while in the OR increases the length of hospital stay and hospital costs. When a surgical patient develops a pressure ulcer within 72 hours after his or her procedure, it most likely indicates that the ulcer occurred during surgery.

The rate of intraoperatively acquired pressure ulcers ranges from 12% to 66% in surgical patients; these pressure ulcers are caused by intense or prolonged pressure that is unrelieved for a long period of time, resulting in skin and underlying tissue damage.

Global evidence-based practice recommendations for the use of wound dressings to augment pressure ulcer prevention protocols (August 2013) suggest that a multilayer silicone foam dressing may be considered to enhance, but not replace, pressure ulcer prevention strategies for the sacrum, buttocks and heel. (Stength of Evidence =A).


From Wounds International