SKIN HEALTH

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Clinical studies have shown 29 per cent of critically ill patients develop moisture-associated skin damage (MASD)1
It is now best practice to record every case of MASD in the same way as pressure ulcers2.

‘The skin is the organism's first barrier and there are various factors that can damage it. Amongst these, we find factors that are intrinsic to old age, patients’ medical history, nutritional status or incontinence, inter alia, and external factors such as prolonged immobility, pressure, friction and moisture. Patients admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU) experience many of these risk factors’.1

It is important to adopt a holistic approach to moisture management as there are numerous sources of moisture to manage for a critically ill patient.  These range from incontinence, perspiration, wound exudate and oral secretions. However, there are many more sources to consider.

Skin Health Solutions

Skin Health SolutionsSkin Health Solutions

3 simple steps to prevent Moisture Associated Skin Damage (MASD).

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Medline’s Skin Health Solution is a three-pronged approach that focuses on products, education and outcomes management.

EVIDENCE-BASED PRODUCTS

Skin Health Solution provides an evidence-based product bundle that meets patient needs, from operating theatres through to critical care.

The products work together to help prevent and manage skin-related problems.

EDUCATION

Medline offers education tailored to your team’s needs.

We offer everything from training on the appropriate use of our products to team workshops, or even one-on-one training.

It also promotes teamwork and communication.

OUTCOMES

The Medline team will continuously work with you to review and improve efficacy of our solutions, ensuring you are able to deliver optimal patient care.


Knowledge Base Articles

Clinician Hand CareClinician Hand Care

Clinician Hand Care

To ensure good patient care, healthcare professionals need to follow appropriate hygiene regulations, like frequent handwashing, which can cause skin irritation. It is important to raise awareness amongst the staff on how to improve skin condition and take good care of their hands.

Pressure Ulcer PreventionPressure Ulcer Prevention

Pressure Ulcer Prevention

It is important for caregivers to understand what may cause pressure ulcers in order to prevent them. An effective prevention programme can help lower mortality rates and the costs of care.

Read more about pressure ulcers

Incontinence-Associated DermatitisIncontinence-Associated Dermatitis

Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis (IAD)

It is important for healthcare professionals to know how to recognise and prevent IAD. Medline has collaborated with authors Karen Ousey and Louise O’Connor to address this challenging topic.

Read more about IAD

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References
1. Valls-Matarín, et al. (2017). Incidence of moisture-associated skin damage in an intensive care unit, 28(1), 13–20

2. NHS Improvement (2018). Pressure ulcers: revised definition and measurement: Summary and recommendations