How can I help to prevent skin breakdown?
Continent Care and Skin Management
Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) is inflammation of the skin that occurs when urine or stool comes into contact with the perineal or peri-genital skin. It can result in tingling, itching, burning, pain, swelling, oozing, crusting or scaling. If left untreated, IAD can weaken the skin and contribute to the development of a pressure ulcer, also called a bed sore. The average hospital treatment cost associated with stage IV pressure ulcers and related complications was $124,327 for community-acquired ulcers over an average of 4 admissions.* In order to reduce the likelihood of IAD, proper skin care techniques should be used every time the absorbent incontinence product is changed.
Monitor Skin Condition
- Examine at every brief change or incontinent event and change when wet or soiled
- Check for evidence of yeast or bacterial infection Use Gentle Skin Cleansing Methods
- Avoid products with known irritants - Fragrance and alcohol
- Clean all areas of the skin that have been exposed to urine or feces - Do not scrub the skin
Apply Topical Treatments To Provide Skin Barrier
- Use a barrier cream containing dimethicone or zinc to create a barrier between the skin and potential irritant
- Treat with antifungal agent if yeast present
Product Selection and Application
- It is critical that the product being used is the correct size. Incorrect product selection and application can cause leakage and/or skin irritation.
- Product size should be determined based on an individual's waist or hip circumference, whichever is larger