Breaking the cycle: the etiology of incontinence dermatitis and evaluating and using skin care products.

  • S A Fiers
  • Published 1996 in Ostomy/wound management

Abstract

Dermatitis is a common problem for incontinent patients; a cycle of moisture, friction, bacteria and breakdown can be established. To break this cycle, the clinician must understand the etiology of incontinence dermatitis and choose appropriate skin care products. Healthy skin has a mean acid mantle of 5.5 pH. This natural acidity discourages bacterial… (More)

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