Medical device-related pressure injury to the ear from a mask

Jeffrey M. Levine, Elizabeth A. Ayello, Balwant Persaud, Ruth Spinner

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Mask wearing is now ubiquitous because of the COVID-19 pandemic and has given rise to medical device-related pressure injuries in persons at risk of skin breakdown. The ear has unique anatomy that is particularly susceptible to injury from pressure. In this time of mandatory personal protective equipment requirements in healthcare facilities, protection and assessment of skin in the vulnerable postauricular area are needed. This article presents a case report of a pressure injury on the ear, reviews the anatomy of the ear, and provides strategies for assessment and treatment of pressure injuries in this often overlooked anatomic region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-383
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Ear
  • Infection control
  • Long-term care
  • Mask
  • Medical device-related pressure injury
  • Pressure injury
  • Wound care


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