Pressure Injury Prevention

Make an impact to prevent pressure injuries. Avoid longer hospital stays and higher rates of readmission with care solutions for your patients.

  • Patient safety begins with skin safety

    Now more than ever, patient safety continues to drive the design and delivery of care. To reduce incidence rates, and ultimately improve patient outcomes, it helps to understand where, how and why pressure injuries occur so the appropriate preventative measures can be put in place.

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The cost of pressure injuries

Pressure injuries (PI), also known as pressure ulcers, continue to be a growing healthcare concern1—leading to longer hospital stays and higher rates of readmission.²

  • Pressure Injury icon
    More than 2.5 million people in the U.S. develop pressure injuries annually³
  • On average, one pressure injury costs $10,700 icon
    On average, one pressure injury costs $10,700⁴
  • Up to 41% of ICU patients may develop a pressure injury icon
    Up to 41% of ICU patients may develop a pressure injury⁵
  • Pressure injuries add 3-7 days to patient stays icon
    Pressure injuries add 3-7 days to patient stays⁶
  • estimated 60,000 die as a direct result of PU/I-related complications icon
    It’s estimated that 60,000 die as a direct result of PU/I-related complications⁷

Help reduce the risk of pressure injury with 3M™ Tegaderm™ Silicone Foam Dressings.

To protect against friction and shear, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) recommends using a polyurethane foam dressing to protect bony prominences like the sacrum and heels.¹² To align with these standards, Tegaderm™ Silicone Foam Dressings provide protection and gentle adhesion at these high-risk locations by:

  • Reducing exposure to high levels of tissue strains
  • Helping to reduce the potential for skin maceration⁹
  • Providing significantly longer wear time than other dressings¹³

Thus, making 3M™ Tegaderm™ Silicone Foam Dressings an excellent choice for wound management and as part of a comprehensive pressure injury prevention program.

Help prevent the effects of Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis (IAD) with 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant.

To aid in moisture management, the NPUAP recommends using a high-quality skin protectant.13 The revolutionary technology in 3M's Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant helps skin by:

  • Protecting against stool, urine and other bodily fluids
  • Forming a protective barrier, which helps manage friction and shear

NOTE: Specific indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions and safety information exist for 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant. Please consult a clinician and product Instructions for Use prior to application.

The complex connection between PI and IAD

In addition to the factors mentioned previously, research suggests that IAD is a risk factor for developing pressure injuries in the sacral area.¹¹

Given this connection between IAD and PIs, interventions for prevention and management should be integrated and complementary.

  • 1) Health Research & Educational Trust (2016, January). Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU) Change Package: 2016 Update. Chicago, IL: Health Research & Educational Trust. Accessed at
    2) Zaratkiewicz, S., Whitney, J. D., Lowe, J. R., Taylor, S., O'Donnell, F., & Minton-Foltz, P. (2010). Development and Implementation of a Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Incidence Tracking System and Algorithm. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 32(6), 44-51..
    3) AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014–2017. Published January 2019. Accessed July 1, 2019.
    4) Asmus R, Bodkhe R, Ekholm B, Thayer D, and Bradley J. The Effect of a High Endurance Polymeric Skin Protectant on Friction and Shear Stress. Poster presentation at the 2018 Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Las Vegas NV and 2019 National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Annual Conference St Louis MO.
    5) Cox J, Roche, S and Murphy V. (2018). Pressure Injury Risk Factors in Critical Care Patients: A Descriptive Analysis. Adv Skin & Wound Car,. 31(7): 328-334.
    6) Coyer, F., Gardner, A., & Doubrovsky, A. (2017). An interventional skin care protocol (InSPiRE) to reduce incontinence-associated dermatitis in critically ill patients in the intensive care unit: A before and after study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 40, 1-10.
    7) Gould, L. J., Bohn, G., Bryant, R., Paine, T., Couch, K., Cowan, L., ... & Simman, R. (2019). Pressure Ulcer Summit 2018: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improve Our Understanding of the Risk of Pressure‐Induced Tissue Damage. Wound Repair and Regeneration, DOI: 10.1111/wrr.12730.
    8) National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel. 2014 Guidelines. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: A Clinical Guide. Accessed at
    9) Gray M, Giuliano KK. (2018). Incontinence-associated dermatitis, characteristics and relationship to pressure injury: a multisite epidemiologic analysis. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing, 45(1):63-67.
    10) 4x4 and 6x6 dressings, based on In vivo studies. EM-13977 and EM-13978. 3M data on file.
    11) Demarre L et al. (2015). Factors predicting the development of pressure ulcers in an at-risk population who receive standardized preventive care: secondary analyses of a multicentre randomised controlled trial. J Adv Nurs., 71(2):391-403.