Thin hydrocolloid could help prevent pressure injuries on ears from face masks.
Wearing a medical or surgical mask for many hours days , as doctors and nurses on the pandemic frontlines must, comes with risks of its own. Medical masks are known to cause pressure injuries on the face and behind the ear; a condition which can cause pain and may lead to infection.
For now, healthcare workers can protect their skin by keeping it clean and moisturizing about a half hour before putting on the face masks. In the future, changes in mask designs will prevent the formation of pressure injuries.
Preparing the Hydrocolloid
- Cut the hydrocolloid into a strip
- Fold in half lengthwise
- Cut a fringe along one edge
Applying the Hydrocolloid
- Apply uncut edges of the hydrocolloid dressing first
- Use the cut edges to fold around the edge of the ear