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Cavilon skin care products Made Easy

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When are Cavilon products indicated?
Cavilon no sting barrier film is indicated for use on intact and broken skin to protect the skin from contact with bodily fluids and to prevent further breakdown. The main indications are skin breakdown due to IAD and periwound skin protection (see Table 2). The product also has a role in protecting skin from stripping due to adhesive devices such as tapes and stoma discs. It does not contain alcohol and so does not sting when applied to broken skin.

Cavilon durable barrier cream is indicated for use on intact or irritated skin to prevent the development of skin breakdown associated with incontinence. The cream can also be used as a moisturiser for severely dry skin.

Cavilon durable barrier cream + honey works in the same way as Cavilon durable barrier cream, but may be more suitable for patients with sensitive skin or if there is known or suspected allergy to parabens (preservatives) and perfumes.


Contraindications and precautions
Cavilon products are contraindicated on infected areas of the skin, eg areas with fungal infection. More than one Cavilon product should not be used simultaneously on the same area of skin.

Cavilon skin care products should not be used on patients who are sensitive to any of the ingredients. Cavilon durable barrier film and Cavilon durable barrier cream + honey do not contain parabens or preservatives and are suitable for patients who are sensitive to these ingredients.


Role of Cavilon Durable Barrier Cream + Honey in lymphoedema patients
Cavilon durable barrier cream + honey can be used on patients with lymphoedema as a barrier cream to prevent compression garments (eg compression sleeves and hosiery) from rubbing against sensitive areas, such as elbows and knees. The product can be applied to the skin under the garment to prevent abrasion or to protect fragile skin. The product may also be helpful when garments are slipping. A layer of cream can be applied around the top of the sleeve or stocking to help it to stay in place and may provide an alternative to using tape or a stockinette.

Patients with lymphoedema develop skin changes as a result of their condition. Many of these problems can be improved by an appropriate skin care regimen to ensure the barrier function of the skin is maintained. A thin coating of Cavilon durable barrier cream + honey may be particularly useful in patients with severe swelling to protect irritated skin in creases and skin folds (e.g. where breast oedema is a problem).

 

Tip: Cavilon durable barrier cream is not a replacement for a general moisturiser and it is very important to ensure patients do not stop using their usual skin care products


How to apply Cavilon products
Cavilon no sting barrier film

Cavilon no sting barrier film comes in a variety of easy to apply formats, including impregnated foam applicators (wands), pump spray and stoma wipes. Each application will last for up to 72 hours and will not sting, even when applied to broken, excoriated skin.

  • Skin should be clean and dry prior to application
  • Apply a uniform coating of the film over the entire treatment area when using the foam applicator
  • When using the spray bottle, hold the spray nozzle 10-15cm away from the skin and apply in a smooth, even coating over the entire treatment area while moving the spray in a sweeping motion
  • If an area is missed, reapply to that area only after the first application has dried (this will take approximately 30 seconds)
  • If Cavilon no sting barrier film is applied to an area with skin folds or where there is other skin-to-skin contact, make sure that the skin contact areas are separated and allow the coating to dry before returning skin to the normal position
  • Reapplication is recommended every 48­-72 hours under normal use, or more frequently as required. If used around a stoma, reapplication is needed after each adhesive dressing/stoma pouch change.

Cavilon durable barrier cream

  • Cavilon durable barrier cream comes in a tube or sachet format. Cavilon durable barrier cream + honey comes in a tube format only. Both creams should be applied as follows:
  • The skin should be clean and dry prior to application of Cavilon durable barrier cream and Cavilon durable barrier cream + honey
  • Apply the cream sparingly, in successive pea-sized amounts, to cover the entire affected area, and rub in gently until the cream is absorbed
  • If the skin feels oily too much cream has been applied and should be reduced at the next application
  • Reapplication is recommended at every third episode of incontinence
  • When used to moisturise severely dry skin, apply daily or more often as needed.

Removal of Cavilon products
Cavilon no sting barrier film will wear off naturally and complete removal is not required before application. However, in the rare circumstances where removal is required, standard medical adhesive removers may be used. Alternatively, the film may be removed by the application and immediate removal of an adhesive tape (e.g. 3MTM MicroporeTM Surgical Tape).

Tip: Removal of Cavilon durable barrier cream and Cavilon durable barrier cream + honey is not necessary before reapplication

When to discontinue Cavilon products
It is important to monitor patients regularly for signs of improvement or deterioration of the skin. Cavilon skin care products should be discontinued when the primary objective for their use has been achieved or when there is improvement in the patient's symptoms or condition. This may be when incontinence ceases to be a problem or when wound exudate levels or periwound protection is no longer required.