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Quick Facts - Skin Microbiome

Quick Facts - Skin Microbiome
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The skin, the largest organ of the body, makes up about 15% of adult body weight. When moisture is balanced and the skin microclimate is healthy, the skin can prevent infection, reduce inflammation, and protect from environmental aggressors.

Wound care professionals should assess patients for the risk of moisture-associated skin damage (MASD) or incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD). Good skin care and specific preventive strategies are essential elements of the care plan in patients at risk for skin breakdown.

This fact sheet contains vital information on the structure and function of the skin, including moisture balance, as well as assessment and prevention of MASD and IAD. Wound care professionals caring for patients at risk of MASD will find this fact sheet especially helpful. The following subjects are covered:

Skin anatomy and physiology
Transepidermal water loss and moisture balance
Skin care basics
Age-related skin changes
Native skin flora
MASD and IAD risk factors and prevention

Download Quick Facts – Skin Microbiome for the staff at your facility. This fact sheet is a useful addition to the bulletin board, and it makes an ideal handout for your next staff in-service.

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