In aid of the NHS #StopthePressure campaign on the 15th November Vernacare have put together a guide to help raise awareness across healthcare professionals and the general public in relation to helping maintain skin integrity and avoid pressure ulcers.
Did you know…Your skin is your largest organ.
It has a surface area of around 2 square metres, and accounts for around 16% of your body weight!1
That’s worth looking after! In fact, it’s important to take extra care, especially if you or the person you care for isn’t mobile. Lots of pressure on skin covering the bony areas of your body, such as the bottom can cause pressure ulcers.2 Skin may not break at first... but if the pressure ulcer gets worse, open or deep wounds can develop.3
Spot the signs early!
Look out for:
- Discoloured skin
- Skin that feels warm or hard
- Pain or itchiness3
Many people don’t know that incontinence can lead to pressure ulcers3. That’s because, when urine and faeces come into contact with the skin they change the natural pH (making it alkaline), which causes redness and skin breakdown.4
Keep skin DRY!
There are five simple steps for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, also known as ‘SSKIN’.5
That’s where we come in. Vernacare offer a range of personal cleansing wipes and foams, designed to keep skin clean and dry. Here are our recommendations for continence care:
Clinisan™ is an Emollient Skin Cleansing Foam; designed to lift soiling, whilst cleansing, restoring and moisturising the skin. The added Emollients provide a protective barrier which supports skin recovery.
- A convenient pre-packaged solution
- No need for soap and water
- Cleansing, moisturising & deodorising
- Barrier protection
Did you know:
- Clinisan™ has been proven to maintain the integrity of healthy skin in 66% of patients.6
- The NHS recommend the use of a foam cleanser following an episode of incontinence.4
- Clinisan is used across the NHS and is available on prescription.7
Conti® Continence Care Wipes
Clinisan isn’t our only Skin care solution!
Conti® Continence Care Wipes replace bowls of soap and water, dry wipes, cleansing foams and barrier creams. Providing an even more convenient and time-saving solution.
- Soft and strong wipes
- Gentle and convenient
- pH balanced with added Dimethicone
- Barrier protection
- Dermatologically tested
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2.Web Md. 2015. Skin Problems and Treatments. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/common-areas-where-pressure-sores-develop. [Accessed 20 February 2018].
3.NHS. 2017. Pressure ulcers. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pressure-sores/. [Accessed 20 February 2018].
4.NHS Midlands and East, 2012. HOW TO. HOW TO Manage incontinence moisture, PG 1.
5.NHS Improvement. 2017. Using SSKIN to manage and prevent pressure damage. [ONLINE] Available at: https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/Using-SSKIN-to-manage-and-prevent-pressure-damage/. [Accessed 20 February 2018].
5.Cooper P, Gray D. 2001. Comparison of two skin care regimes for incontinence. BJN; 10(6) S6-S20.
7.NHSSC. 2018. Online Catalogue. [ONLINE] Available at: https://my.supplychain.nhs.uk/catalogue. [Accessed 20 February 2018].