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February is Skin Care Month

Supporting Skin Health Through Preventative Care

As part of the WoundSource Practice Accelerator series, we are offering you this educational portal into a variety of topics related to preventative skin care and management strategies.

Please scroll below to choose your learning experience and please share this page with your social network and colleagues. Expanded awareness leads to better prevention and care!


Ahead of the Curve: Identification and Prevention of Moisture-Associated Skin Damage

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This illustrated guide provides the latest information on MASD categories and their causes, risk identification, skin assessment, distinction between MASD and pressure injury, terminology, and an MASD prevention protocol.

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Moisture and Skin Injury: Preventing Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis

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In this expert presentation, participants will learn about the different types of MASD with an in-depth look at the risk factors and complications associated with IAD. This webinar will provide clinicians with foundational knowledge to support the overall management goals of caring for a person at risk of IAD, or who may be at risk of developing skin injuries due to moisture causes. Presented by Penny Jones, AGNP-C, CWCN-AP, CWS, COCN.

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A Fact A Day – Moisture-Associated Skin Damage

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Download A Fact A Day – Moisture-Associated Skin Damage and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on the prevention and treatment of skin damage resulting from moisture causes. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.

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Test Your Knowledge

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How much do you know about skin care and prevention? Take our quick quiz to find out!

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Terms to Know: Moisture-Associated Skin Damage

Denuded: The loss of epidermis, caused by prolonged moisture and friction.

Excoriation: Linear erosion of skin tissue resulting from mechanical means.

Maceration: The softening and breaking down of skin resulting from prolonged exposure to moisture.

Moisture-associated skin damage (MASD): Caused by prolonged skin exposure to sweat, urine, feces, saliva, and other moisture that can cause harmful effects to the skin. MASD can occur on the skin anywhere on the body. High-risk locations for MASD are characterized by areas that may be difficult to dry, get minimal exposure to air, or folds/creases of skin.

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Read This Month's Featured Blogs


MASD: What Are the Types of Moisture-Associated Skin Damage?

It has long been known in clinical practice that long-term exposure of the skin to moisture is harmful and can lead to extensive skin breakdown. The term moisture-associated skin damage was coined as an umbrella term to describe the spectrum of skin damage that can occur over time and under various circumstances.

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Skin Assessment and Moisture-Associated Skin Damage

The performance of an accurate and complete skin assessment is of utmost importance to obtaining and maintaining healthy skin. Understanding the structure and function of the skin is key to the differentiation of normal from abnormal findings.

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Complications Associated with Moisture-Associated Skin Damage

Best practice in skin care focuses on the prevention of skin breakdown and the treatment of persons with altered skin integrity. When we ask what causes skin damage we should consider the conditions that can harm the skin, including excessive moisture and overhydration, altered pH of the skin, the presence of fecal enzymes and pathogens, and characteristics of incontinence such as the volume and frequency of the output and whether the output is urine, feces, or both.

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Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis: Prevention and Treatment

Although clinical practice is hampered by a lack of rigorous studies, standardized terminology, or definitions of incontinence-associated skin damage, it is well known among health care providers that this damage places patients at increased risk for pressure ulcer/injury development.

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