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5 steps towards effective skin moisture management for bedsore prevention

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Skin moisture and temperature play a role in bed sore development. The inpatient population with elevated skin temperatures and perspiration is at increased risk for pressure ulcer formation. Here are 5 steps to take towards preventing bedsores: Check for incontinence a minimum of every two hours, and as needed. Use moisture barrier protectant on skin (e.g., creams, ointments, film-forming skin protectants) as needed to protect and maintain intact skin, or to treat non-intact skin. Select absorbent underpads and briefs to wick incontinence moisture away from the skin versus trapping moisture against the skin, causing maceration. Assess for fungal infections, and treat as...

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