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Incontinence and Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis

Langemo, Diane PhD, RN, FAAN; Hanson, Darlene MS, BSN, PhD(c); Hunter, Susan MSN, RN; Thompson, Patricia MS, RN; Oh, In Eui BSN, MS(c)

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: March 2011 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 126-140
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000395037.28398.6c
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PURPOSE: To enhance the learner's competence in prevention and treatment of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD).

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. Relate the pathophysiology of IAD to the development of signs and symptoms.

2. Use assessment and intervention tools in the care of patients with IAD.

3. Construct an effective plan of care for patients with IAD.

ABSTRACT Incontinence is a prevalent problem and can lead to many complications. Both urinary and fecal incontinence can result in tissue breakdown, now commonly referred to as incontinence-associated dermatitis. This article addresses the types of incontinence, its etiology and pathophysiology, assessment, prevention and treatment, and the latest research.

This continuing education activity will help clinicians to better understand the types of incontinence; its etiology and pathophysiology; assessment, prevention, and treatment; and the latest research.

Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN • Distinguished Professor Emeritus & Adjunct Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, North Dakota

Darlene Hanson, MS, BSN, PhD(c) • Clinical Associate Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, North Dakota

Susan Hunter, MSN, RN • Associate Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, North Dakota

Patricia Thompson, MS, RN • Clinical Assistant Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, North Dakota

In Eui Oh, BSN, MS(c) • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, North Dakota

Dr Langemo has disclosed that she is/was a recipient of grant/research funding from Medline Industries and DM Systems and is/was a member of the speakers' bureau for Posey and DM Systems. Ms Hanson has disclosed that she is a recipient of grant/research funding from Medline Industries. Ms Hunter and Ms Thompson have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity. Ms Oh has disclosed that she is/was a recipient of grant/research funding from Medline Industries and DM Systems.

All staff, including spouses/partners (if any), in a 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.

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 March 31, 2012.

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