Why is continence care important?
Incontinence affects a staggering 400 million people worldwide, however, many care providers aren’t aware of the complications poor continence care has on skin, or the link with pressure ulcer development.
Our skin provides a natural barrier function, however over-exposure to urine and faeces can change the natural pH level of the skin (making it alkaline), which in turn may can cause redness and breakdown. You’ll often hear this referred to as Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD).
Alongside pressure and friction, IAD increases susceptibility to pressure ulcers; an injury to the skin and underlying tissue. Pressure ulcers affect far more than just skin integrity for both patient and carer. They also cause issues such as loss of independence and increased care costs, to name just a few.
Its no surprise that healthcare providers worldwide are campaigning to increase the recognition of pressure ulcer risk factors. In fact, this year, NHS Improvement published their patient safety CQUIN indicator for 2020- 2021, which addresses the assessment and documentation of pressure ulcer risk in community hospitals and care homes.
Improving continence care – where to start?
Prevention, Prevention, Prevention!
Helping residents or patients maintain regular personal hygiene and continence care are fundamental activities in tackling IAD, and subsequent pressure ulcer prevention. Many research studies highlight the importance of prevention through three very simple steps… cleansing, moisturising, and protecting the skin.
Selecting the right product
Various international studies demonstrate that the use of continence care products containing dimethicone result in a reduction in the prevalence of IAD.
What is dimethicone? Dimethicone is an emollient. Emollients are used to cover the skin with a protective film to trap in ‘good moisture’, and keep out the ‘bad moisture . Ultimately, this key ingredient provides what’ is often referred to as ‘ barrier protection’, helping to minimise the negative effects of re-wetting.
Vernacare provide a range of Intelligent skin care solutions to gently cleanse, moisturise and protect the skin, minimising the risk of IAD and supporting skin recovery
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