Follow these six steps to maintain moisture balance and keep your patient's skin intact.
Nurses and hospitals are feeling the pressure to prevent these painful and costly complications. Follow the six steps detailed here to keep your patient's skin intact. This is the third article in a series highlighting practice initiatives promoted in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 5 Million Lives Campaign.
Elizabeth A. Ayello is a faculty member at Excelsior College School of Nursing; clinical associate editor for Advances in Skin & Wound Care; president of Ayello, Harris and Associates in New York, N.Y.; and a member of the Nursing2007 editorial advisory board. Courtney H. Lyder is a professor in the school of nursing of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.
Dr. Ayello has received honorariums or is on the speakers bureau for Smith & Nephew, Hill-Rom, Organogenesis, Sage, KCI, Hollister, and the New Jersey Hospital Association (grant partially supported by 3M Health and Healthpoint). Dr. Lyder is on the speakers bureau for ConvaTec, KCI, and Hill-Rom.