Nursing Care Bundles in the Prevention of Medical Device Related Pressure Ulcers: an integrative review

Sharon Neill, Daphne Martin

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The aim of this integrative review was to explore the effect of care bundles in the prevention of Medical Device Related Pressure Ulcers (MDRPU).  An MDRPU is a wound that occurs on the skin or mucosal membranes because of pressure or pressure in combination with shear.  Like other types of pressure ulcers, they will have negative consequences for patients and healthcare organisations alike. Many MDRPU’s are preventable.   

A literature search was undertaken from computerised databases using key search terms, Pressure Ulcer* Pressure Injury* and Medical Device*.  Databases included CINAHL; Medline and SocIndex.  A total of seven studies were found that met the criteria for inclusion in this review. When compared to the widely recognised and trusted international guidelines there was variation found between the individual interventions selected within each study for inclusion within the bundle.   

Skin assessment and device repositioning were the most frequently included interventions in the bundles, followed by use of prophylactic dressings, appropriate device selection and fitting. The least common intervention was monitoring the tension of the device and/or its securements. All studies reported a reduction in the number of MDRPU's when care bundles were used in clinical practice. However, there is variation in bundle designs and study methodologies employed.

This review has demonstrated the potential benefit of care bundles in reducing MDRPU. However, due to heterogeneity in the study methods employed and the interventions within the care bundles, further, more robust research is required to establish which interventions show the most clinical and patient benefit.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Tissue Viability
Early online date10 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished online - 10 Apr 2024

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  • Pressure Ulcer
  • Pressure Injury
  • Medical Device
  • Tissue Viability Nursing
  • Care Bundles


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