Prevention and management of incontinence-associated dermatitis
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Prevention and management of incontinence-associated dermatitis

Alison Bardsley Senior lecturer, Primary care nursing, Non-medical prescribing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University

Maintaining skin integrity in people with incontinence is challenging. Incontinence is common in older people and those compromised by medical or surgical comorbidities. Urinary and faecal incontinence can result in skin breakdown, which is characterised by erosion of the epidermis, creating a moist, macerated appearance to the skin. Incontinence and associated skin breakdown can have a considerable effect on an individual’s physical and psychological wellbeing. This article discusses the aetiology of incontinence-associated dermatitis and considers the best options for the prevention, management and treatment of this condition.

Nursing Standard. 27, 44, 41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 19 February 2013

Accepted: 22 April 2013