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Pressure ulcers can cost thousands of dollars to treat,1 and cause patients unnecessary pain and discomfort. Prevention is key. This includes preventing the conditions and risk factors that lead to pressure ulcers.

One significant risk factor for pressure ulcers is Incontinence Associated Dermatitis2 (IAD). Approximately 27 percent of hospitalized patients2 and up to 50 percent of long-term-care patients3 are incontinent. Studies have shown that hospitalized adult patients with fecal incontinence are 22 times more likely to develop a pressure ulcer than patients without fecal incontinence.4 The first line of defense is preventive skin care that cleanses, moisturizes, and protects at-risk skin. Structured skin care regimens that incorporate gentle cleansing and the use of skin protectants have been shown to reduce the incidence of IAD. Dry skin was found to be a significant and independent risk factor for pressure ulcers.5

Adopting a preventive approach can help maintain healthy skin and lower the risk of pressure ulcers and infections. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) (external link, opens in a new window) recommends preventive skin care products and routines that are designed to cleanse, moisturize, and protect patient skin.

References

1. Barbara Braden, PhD, RN, FAAN. Costs of Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Is it really cheaper than treatment? National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. 

2. Junkin J and Joan Lerner Selekof. Prevalence of Incontinence and Associated Skin Injury in the Acute Care Inpatient. J WOCN 2007; 34(3): 260-269. 

3. Leung, Felix W. MD and John F. Schnelle, PhD, Urinary and Fecal Incontinence in Nursing Home Residents, Gastroenterology Clinic North America , Sept 2008, p697–x.

4. Gray, Mikel, Professor and Nurse Practitioner University of Virginia Department of Urology. Incontinence Associated Dermatitis. 10/02/12. 

5. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.). Cambridge Media: Perth Australia; 2014.

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