Barrier products in the treatment of incontinence-associated dermatitis
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Barrier products in the treatment of incontinence-associated dermatitis

Yaping Lian Tissue viability specialist nurse, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, England.

This article reviews contemporary primary research studies to establish the evidence supporting the use of barrier products and evaluate practice regarding their use in the acute hospital setting. Six primary research studies investigating the use of barrier products for preventing and managing incontinence-associated dermatitis were reviewed. The aim was to identify the most effective treatments for incontinence-associated dermatitis, to enhance the quality of life of patients. The studies identified that there is no significant difference in efficacy between petrolatum, zinc oxide oil and a polymer-based barrier film, and that a polymer-based barrier film is more cost-effective than petrolatum or zinc oxide. However, further robust research studies are required to inform practice. The efficacy and cost-effectiveness of barrier products can be enhanced by providing education in clinical practice on consistent skin care regimens and effective use of barrier products.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10298

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All articles are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Received: 09 October 2015

Accepted: 05 April 2016

Published online: 13 July 2016

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