Skin tears, skin stripping and tension blisters are common but avoidable examples of Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI). MARSI is damage to the skin that may occur when medical adhesives are not selected, applied and/or removed properly. When you better understand MARSI, you're better equipped to protect your patients.
The medical adhesives you select, as well as how you apply and remove them can have a serious impact, not only on clinical outcomes, but also patient experience. This document looks at nearly 600 nurse's perspectives about medical tape usage and how the tape you use can make or break trust between you and your patient.
This new report examines some of the most serious threats facing skin and provides insights into these essential care objectives:
What would happen if we thought about skin differently? How can skin be your secret superpower in care? Explore these questions and more during our new multi-part webinar series on the science of skin management.
Through the 3M℠ Health Care Academy, you can register for free monthly webinars covering a wide-array of topics relevant to your clinical practice. Register for upcoming webinars, and access archives from recently conducted events.
View past webinars from the seriers that explore the science of skin in more depth, including topics such as safe securement to skin, maintaining skin integrity, repairing injured skin and helping prevent infection.
Skin is a window to who we are as people. As the largest organ in the body, skin is critical to the maintenance of our bodies and health. When it’s damaged, skin can negatively impact our psychological and physical health. Hear as Patrick Parks, MD, PhD, and Matthew Cooper, MD, explore elevating the importance of skin when delivering care.
Throughout care settings, there is a perception that “tape is tape” – that there isn’t much to it. If it sticks and does its job, there really isn’t a need for more understanding, right? Actually, there is much more to medical tape than you may think. Denise Ziemann RN, BSN, and Kimberly Schommer RN, BSN, VA-BC, breakdown how a novel approach to thinking about medical tape can help reduce complications, provide insight into factors that influence appropriate tape selection and translate to improved patient, clinical and financial outcomes.
Even with structured programs, early intervention and better reporting, some facilities still struggle with pressure injury (PI) prevention - but why? Jessica Pehrson, RN, MSN, CWS, answers that question by outlining common areas where PI diagnosis, treatment and prevention often come up short despite the latest global efforts to determine root causes and expanding clinical recommendations for assessment and management. She also shares practical tips - from education and training to product selection - that may help reduce the risk of PI in your facility.
Selecting the right product for the right patient and application is an important part of MARSI risk reduction. At 3M, we have a wide variety of products designed for a variety of conditions and patient skin types, plus product selection information that makes it easy to make the right choice.
Watch as we address and fact-check commonly held beliefs (and misbeliefs) about medical adhesives.
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