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Quick Facts - Skin and Wound Care

Quick Facts - Skin and Wound Care

The skin, our largest organ, performs several vital functions. It is also vulnerable to compromise that can lead to skin breakdown and injury. Proper skin care is therefore essential to maintaining skin integrity.

Implementing best practices for preventing skin breakdown will enable you and your staff to achieve optimal outcomes, especially in your patients who are at highest risk for skin injury.

This fact sheet provides crucial information for staff education on skin injury and its prevention. The following are included:

Skin anatomy
Vital functions of the skin
Risk factors for skin compromise
Mechanisms of skin injury
Wound assessment
Pressure injuries
Moisture-associated skin damage
Periwound skin management and dermatitis
Excoriation versus denuded skin
Use of assistive devices
Protocol for moisturizing skin
Dressings and proper dressing removal

Download Quick Facts – Skin and Wound Care to share with colleagues in your facility. The print-friendly format lends itself to posting on the bulletin board or handing out to your nursing staff at in-service.

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