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Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2008 Oct;24(5):295-9. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2007.11.005. Epub 2008 Feb 1.

The effect of protective treatment in reducing pressure ulcers for non-invasive ventilation patients.

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Tri-Service General Hospital, 325 Sec. 2, Chengkung Road, Neihu 114, Taipei, Taiwan.



In acute respiratory failure, non-invasive ventilation (NIV) treatment is used to prevent the need for intubation. NIV applied through a face mask may contribute to the development of facial skin lesions. This study was conducted to compare the efficacy of protective dressings and of using no materials for pressure ulcer prevention.


There were 90 participants in this study. The participants were assigned into three groups: control group, tegasorb group, and tegaderm group.


The tegasorb group and tegaderm group, in contrast to the control group, had fewer pressure ulcers based on our statistics and occurrence duration time (p<.01). However, there were no significant difference in occurrence duration time between the tegasorb group and tegaderm group.


This result revealed that tegasorb and tegaderm could be used on the face of NIV patients to prevent pressure ulcers.

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