Healthy skin needs moisture, but too much can compromise skin integrity and cause harm. Moisture damage often occurs when patients are incontinent, but moisture can also be a problem for any age group and on many different areas of the body.
Moisture-associated skin damage is an umbrella term that describes the range of inflammatory damage that can occur after prolonged exposure of a patient’s skin to perspiration, urine, feces, wound exudate, saliva or mucus.
4 types of MASD
There are four primary categories of moisture-associated skin damage. Here’s a breakdown:
Tools that help protect skin
Here are two proven tools that you can incorporate into your moisture management routine:
There are four main types of moisture-associated skin damage, as well as skin-on-skin friction that can cause skin breakdown in skinfolds. It’s important to recognize different skin conditions so you can prevent further damage with the right clinical strategies. You can use the guide as your reference.
Moisture-associated skin damage is a challenge in all care settings. When you have a clear system of products and protocol, your staff will feel more confident to help protect patients and promote better skin health outcomes. Download this guide.
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