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Diagnosing and Treating Moisture-Associated Skin Damage

Zulkowski, Karen DNS, RN

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: May 2012 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 - p 231–236
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000414707.33267.92
Features: Clinical Management Extra

PURPOSE: To enhance the learner’s competence in identifying and treating moisture-associated skin damage.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.

OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:

1. Differentiate moisture-associated skin damage and related pathophysiology from other skin conditions.

2. Use incidence data related to urinary and fecal incontinence to help guide case-finding activities and provide patient education for this health problem.

3. Apply knowledge of moisture-related skin changes and their treatment to patient care scenarios.

ABSTRACT: Certain types of moisture can cause debilitating damage to the skin. Terms such as perineal dermatitis, diaper rash, incontinence-associated dermatitis, or moisture-associated skin damage describe some of the conditions caused by moisture from wound drainage, fecal and/or urinary incontinence, and perspiration. It is important for clinicians to correctly diagnose and to locally treat the cause of skin damage, as well as promote appropriate cleaning techniques, to keep patients’ skin healthy.

Karen Zulkowski, DNS, RN • Associate Professor • Montana State University-Bozeman • Bozeman, Montana

Dr Zulkowski has disclosed that she is/was a consultant/advisor to Mountain Pacific Quality; is a consultant/advisor to Hill-Rom; and is/was a member of the speaker’s bureau for Derma Sciences, and her spouse/life partner (if any) has nothing to disclose.

All staff and planners, including spouses/partners (if any), in any position to control the content of this CME activity have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with, or financial interests in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

Lippincott CME Institute has identified and resolved all conflicts of interest concerning this educational activity.

To earn CME credit, you must read the CME article and complete the quiz and evaluation on the enclosed answer form, answering at least 13 of the 18 questions correctly.

This continuing educational activity will expire for physicians on May 31, 2013.

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