The intervention: The right system of skin care products can help keep fragile skin clean and properly hydrated. When incontinence is an issue, cleanse the skin promptly with a pH-balanced cleanser after each incontinence episode and consider adding a moisture-proof dry pad to manage moisture and keep patients dry.
Plus, that same five-layer silicone dressing that helps protect against friction and shear can also help maintain skin’s optimal microclimate.
Be sure to pay extra attention to skinfolds that can get irritated from a combination of trapped moisture and friction in areas such as armpits, beneath the breasts, genital areas and skinfolds of the abdomen. An antibacterial wicking sheet can be applied to skinfolds to help manage moisture and minimize skin damage.