Preventing Medical Device–Related Pressure Injuries Due to Noninvasive Ventilation Masks and Nasal Cannulas

Author(s): Kaitlyn Jenae Duerst, DNP, APRN, CCRN, Austin William Clark, DNP, APRN, Diane Grace Brage Hudson, PhD, MSN, RN, Leeza Ann Struwe, PhD, MSN, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Oct 01, 2025

Topics: Patient Safety, Pulmonary, Skin/Wound Care

Role: Staff

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Medical device–related pressure injuries (MDRPIs) attributed to oxygen delivery devices are common yet preventable. Pressure injuries increase hospital costs, patients’ length of stay, and mortality rates. This article describes a quality improvement (QI) project in adult patients, which was implemented to decrease the rate of MDRPIs by the use of new oxygen delivery devices and educate health care staff on expectations and appropriate care of these devices.


  • Describe the importance of preventing medical device-related pressure injuries due to noninvasive ventilation and nasal cannulas.
  • Discuss the importance of active participation from staff when implementing trial devices.
  • List three interventions to reduce medical device-related pressure injuries in hospitalized patients using noninvasive ventilation and nasal cannulas.

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