STEP 3 – Protect and moisturise the skin
Apply a moisturising barrier cream and/or film to moisturise and protect vulnerable skin, creating a physical barrier and minimising exposure to irritants and excessive moisture, such as bodily fluids.
Good nutrition and hydration
Ensuring patients maintain a healthy weight and good fluid intake helps protect the integrity of their skin. They should have a balanced diet and an intake of 6 – 8 glasses of water per day. Poor nutrition and hydration below the recommended level greatly influence all wound healing by hindering tissue and skin repair.