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

  1. Cut the hydrocolloid into a strip
  2. Fold in half lengthwise
  3. Cut a fringe along one edge


Applying the Hydrocolloid

  1. Apply uncut edges of the hydrocolloid dressing first
  2. Use the cut edges to fold around the edge of the ear