Journal articlesMoisture lesions and associated pressure ulcers: Getting the dressing regimen right

Moisture lesions and associated pressure ulcers: Getting the dressing regimen right

26/06/13 | Assessment and diagnosis, Products, Service delivery, Wellbeing and concordance | Sharon Dawn Bateman, Samantha Roberts

Maintenance of good skin integrity is everyone’s business and every clinician should be viewed as a skincare clinician (Bateman et al, 2011). Moistureassociated damage, be it from faeces, urine, sweat and or wound exudate, often results in inflammation, erythema, and skin erosion if not adequately managed (Gray et al, 2011). Pressure ulcers are a common, often chronic wound, and are described as tissue damage resulting from compressed ischaemic events on bony prominences or from external force, shear and friction (Gorecki et al, 2011). There is a clear link between incontinence, moisture lesions, and an increased risk of developing pressure ulcers (Beldon, 2008). It is therefore imperative that clinicians across all care arenas apply robust assessment, diagnostic and skin-management regimens that are timely and consistent if these risks are to be avoided, and the promotion of the healthy skin integrity is to be maintained.