Skin integrity

Practice Resources


  1. Sitting safely to prevent pressure damage VIEW PDF

    If a patient is ill, has undergone surgery or has a progressive disease resulting in relative immobility, his or her ability to use seating dynamically can be dramatically compromised. Healthcare providers must ensure that patients have comfortable and safe...

  2. Skin and nail conditions and the diabetic foot VIEW PDF

    Approximately 30% of all patients with diabetes will present with present with dermatological changes during the course of their disease. This article explores common skin and nail pathologies encountered on the diabetic foot to assist practitioners in recognising...

  3. To wash or not to wash: what's the solution for chronic leg ulcers? VIEW PDF

    There is confusion among community-based carers concerning the correct way in which the limbs of people with chronic leg ulceration should be cleaned. As a result some patients have not washed their lower limbs, or received assistance to do so for several...

  4. Best practice when applying topical barrier creams VIEW PDF

    Both urinary and faecal incontinence can have a detrimental effect on a patient's skin integrity. Applying a topical barrier product to the skin can form part of the overall management of incontinence. Skin barrier creams should not be used in isolation, but...

  5. Principles of skin and wound care: the palliative approach VIEW PDF

    The term 'palliative care' is used to describe care given to patients with advanced, life-limiting illness of any aetiology. It is a philosophy of care that is patient and family-centred, designed to meet the needs of the patient and family. Wound care for...

  6. The management of stoma-related skin complications VIEW PDF

    There are approximately 100,000 people in the United Kingdom living with a stoma (Lee, 2001). Each year in Great Britain, 20,000 new stomas are formed. Skin problems are a common occurrence among this patient group. Careful and thorough history taking will...

  7. Pyoderma gangrenosum: a diagnosis not to be missed VIEW PDF

    Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a rare, painful, non-infectious, ulcerative, inflammatory skin condition. Clinicians need to be aware of PG because if the condition is incorrectly managed, it can lead to extensive tissue damage. Diagnosis is made largely on clinical...