(Incontinence Associated Dermatitis)
IAD is a health care challenge for incontinence patients worldwide. All patients with incontinence are at risk of developing IAD. Patients can experience symptoms ranging from discomfort and pain to insomnia and reduced quality of life. Sometimes the condition can develop into secondary infections.
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With the right skin care regimen and incontinence care routines, IAD can be prevented.
Or, if identified early and accurately, IAD can be reduced and cured. In addition, preventive measures should include daily detailed observation of the patient’s skin during everyday care. This way, the caregiver can identify any changes in the skin and prevent problem from arising in a timely manner.
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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