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