The Pressure Is On!: Neonatal Skin and Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

Premature infants have an increased risk for developing skin breakdown. Perceivably noninvasive interventions may have detrimental effects on the infant’s skin.This case presentation describes an extreme case of nasal breakdown associated with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP). The article highlights the vital importance of proper placement, along with appropriate apparatus size, in the efforts to prevent skin breakdown. Ensuring that pressure points are avoided is imperative to prevent nCPAP-related injuries, along with treating the area in the event of skin denudation. A literature search was conducted to determine best practice options to prevent these injuries.

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