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The Epidermal Skin Barrier: Implications for the Wound Care Practitioner, Part II

Fore-Pfliger, Jane MD, CWS, FAPWCA

Clinical Review

This second article in a 2-part series on the epidermal skin barrier examines the physiologic conditions that alter the skin barrier and methods that help maintain and restore epidermal functions

Jane Fore-Pfliger, MD, CWS, FAPWCA, is in private practice as a wound care specialist in Lewiston, ID, and Clarkston, WA. A board-certified internal medicine specialist, Dr Fore-Pfliger is chairperson of the authors' committee of the American Professional Wound Care Association.

Acknowledgment: The author thanks Dr Peter Elias for his guidance and assistance in the production of this article.

Submitted May 12, 2004; accepted June 21, 2004.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.