PREVENTION & TREATMENT

Pressure injuries: how the right patient skin care products can reduce skin breakdown

It’s difficult to accurately quantify the number of pressure injuries at any given healthcare facility—it depends on factors like geography and clinical setting. But prevalence has been reported globally as high as 72.5%.1

No matter the variables, one thing is certain: pressure injuries are still a major cause of patient suffering and death. Plus, they’re expensive. Treatment of pressure injuries cost the healthcare industry billions of dollars a year.1

Up to 72.5%

Prevalence of pressure injuries globally1

$11.6 billion

Cost of pressure injury treatment in the U.S. annually1

When it comes to reducing the likelihood of pressure injuries, it’s important to keep skin healthy. The of system of skin care products skin care products can help.

What to look for

You provide every patient with individualized skin care, but some general skin characteristics signal a weaker skin barrier. Be sure to recognize these risk factors, as they may contribute to the development of a pressure injury:2

• Dryness
• Excess moisture

• Thinning
• Inflammation

How to help

Consider these gentle care practices to help manage vulnerable skin:

Keep skin clean and hydrated

Tip: Botanical-rich moisturizer can help relieve dry, cracked skin.

Hand washing with botanical-rich moisturizer

Cleanse skin promptly after episodes of incontinence

Tip: Skin protectant can help dry light exudate and provide temporary relief of pain, skin discomfort and itching.

Avoid alkaline soaps and cleansers

Tip: As part of an overall skin care routine, a pH-balanced foam cleanser has been shown to reduce likelihood of pressure injuries.3

Hand pumping foam cleanser

Protect skin from moisture with a barrier product

Tip: Dimethicone-based barrier cream helps soothe and moisturize even the most fragile skin.

Rubbing Dimethicone-based barrier cream on feet

Added opportunity for skin health

While cleansing, moisturizing and applying skin care lotions, take the time to assess your patient’s skin for any changes in the skin or areas at risk you hadn’t noticed before. That way, you can adjust your pressure injury prevention plan as needed, whether it’s with added support surfaces, dressings or other skin care products.

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Key takeaway

Pressure injuries affect patients in every care setting, causing them pain and suffering, not to mention cost to the healthcare organization. Maintaining skin integrity with the right skin care routine and products is an essential part of any pressure injury prevention protocol.

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References:

  1. NPIAP Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline, 2019, page 11.
  2. NPIAP Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline, 2019, page 73.
  3. NPIAP Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline, 2019, page 85.