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Nursing issues
Incidence and prevalence of medical device-related pressure ulcers in children and adults
  1. Jiale Hu
  1. Department of Nurse Anesthesia, College of Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jiale Hu, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298-0026, USA; jhu4{at}

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Commentary on: Jackson D, Sarki AM, Betteridge R, Brooke J. Medical device-related pressure ulcers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Nurs Stud 2019;92:109–120.

Implications for practice and research

  • Medical devices used for diagnostic, preventive or therapeutic purposes may have unintended consequences on patients such as medical device-related pressure injuries, which affect patients’ well-being and increase the cost of care.

  • Further research is warranted to inform strategies for risk assessment and prevention of medical device-related pressure ulcers.


Medical device-related pressure ulcers are areas of localised injury to the skin or underlying tissue as a result of sustained pressure from a device.1 Medical device-related pressure ulcers occur across hospital departments.2 Patients who use medical devices are twice more likely to develop pressure injuries than patients who do not use medical devices.3 Medical device-related pressure ulcers decrease patients’ …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.