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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-49

Pressure sore of malar prominence on horseshoe headrest: Prevention of one complication becomes road for another?

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care (JPNATC), AIIMS, Delhi, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Faridabad, Haryana, India
4 Department of Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care, Medanta, Patna, Bihar, India

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Dr. Sharmishtha Pathak
Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care (JPNATC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/jica.jica_39_22

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Pressure sores over bony prominences of heel or sacrum due to positioning are commonly reported, however, the same occurring over malar prominences are rarely seen. We report a case of pressure sore over malar prominence in a patient undergoing surgery in the prone position on horseshoe headrest. These injuries pose a risk of infection, need for surgical intervention, increasing woes, and health cost burden of the patient. Patient care team should aim to prevent such complications by appropriate support device selection, adequate padding, and frequent position changes.

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