Skin integrity update

2014, Vol 1, No 1, pages 17–22

In this clinical update on skin integrity, the authors highlight the importance of maintaining skin hydration for normal skin function, preventing build-up of callus and other materials and performing regular skin assessments. The latter plays a vital role in pressure ulcer prevention, helping to identify those at risk of pressure injury and what steps should be taken to protect vulnerable areas. Wound dressings can assist by providing a protective covering and appropriate selection can help to avoid periwound damage and blistering in both acute and chronic wounds. It is recommended that best practice in skin and periwound care should be incorporated into standard practice and become integral to the education of clinicians and be supported by written policies.

Authors

  • Peter Vowden

    Professor of Wound Healing Research, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

  • Tracy Nowicki

    Clinical Nurse Consultant, Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

  • Karen Ousey

    Reader Advancing Clinical Practice, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

  • Connie Harris

    Senior Clinical Specialist Wound and Ostomy, and Project Lead, CarePartners ET NOW and South West Regional Wound Care Framework Initiative, London, Ontario, Canada