Education & Evidence

Case Studies

Reducing Operating Room-Acquired Pressure Ulcers in the Cardiovascular Patient”

The occurrence of pressure ulcers during operative procedures has only recently been identified as a significant problem (Steward and Magnano. 1988; Vennillion. 1990; Neidig, Kleiber, and Oppliger, 1989; Kemp, Keithley, Smith and Morreale. 1990). In our institution. the ICU nurses identified a continuing problem of cardiovascular patients returning from the OR with “cautery pad burns”. Upon investigation the areas appeared to have tissue destruction caused by a one-time pressure insult.