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Br J Nurs. 2016 Nov 10;25(20 Suppl):S26-S32.

Protecting vulnerable skin from moisture-associated skin damage.

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Nurse Consultant-Tissue Viability, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Nurse Specialist Tissue Viability, Community Health Services, 5 Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust, Knowsley.


The skin, the body's largest organ, has several functions. Its barrier role can be undermined if it is in contact with urine, faeces and other sources of excess moisture; overhydration can also increase the likelihood of injury from friction through contact with clothing, incontinence pads or bed linen. If skin has been damaged by moisture or is at risk of this, its health can be supported through cleansing to maintain its acid mantle followed by protection with barrier products. Barrier preparations are available in different forms, and their effectiveness varies. A new product, Medline Remedy Moisturising Barrier Cream, has been trialled in adults, children and neonates in a variety of healthcare settings.


Acid mantle; Incontinence-associated dermatitis; Pressure ulcers; Skin barrier products; Skin protection

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