Journal articlesThe role of emollients in maintaining skin integrity

The role of emollients in maintaining skin integrity

19/03/15 | Skin integrity | George Moncrieff, Julie Van Onselen, Trudie Young

Patients with wounds may have compromised skin healing ability, and many will be older people; therefore, assessing and caring for surrounding skin is extremely important. The article will discuss the importance of skin health and skin barrier repair to prevent dry skin. It will provide practical guidance on understanding emollient use in wound care patients with vulnerable skin and discuss the evidence base for complete emollient therapy (CET). Information will be given on different types of emollients and guidance on good prescribing practice.