(Incontinence Associated Dermatitis)
IAD is an inflammation of the skin and a health care challenge for incontinence patients worldwide. It occurs when urine and/or feces come in contact with the skin. All patients with incontinence are at risk of developing IAD.
It is a highly unpleasant and painful condition that reduces comfort and quality of life.
Patients can experience symptoms ranging from discomfort and pain to insomnia and if not treated, it can lead to secondary infections, which is disabling for the patient and treating it can be complicated as well as time-consuming and expensive.
With wide spread prevalence, it is clear that incontinence care and management is an important task in all types of health care settings.
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With the right skin care regimen and continence care routines, IAD can be prevented.
Screen the skin at each incontinence product change for redness, inflammation, rash, pain, or itching to assess the severity and development of IAD (and to ensure the patient has not developed pressure ulcers).
The different stages of IAD require use of different products. Go through the skin care regimen at each continence product change.
Always screen the skin for redness, inflammation, rash, pain, or itching in order to assess the severity and development of IAD and to ensure the patient has not developed pressure ulcers.
Regular screening ensures that caregivers notice changes and developments in the skin and can set in with the right preventive measure in time to avoid further development.
Cleanse the skin gently, preferably without water.
Zinc spray and ointments provide both moisture and barrier protection to help restore and protect the skin. Spray-on products are easy to use and cause less friction on the sensitive skin.
After applying the IAD skin care regimen, an essential part of quality continence care is using high-quality breathable incontinence products and bed protection sheets.
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