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Case series evaluation: Preserving skin integrity using the CliniMed range

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Case series evaluation: Preserving skin integrity using the CliniMed range

Supported by Clinimed
Joy Tickle, Rosie Callaghan
3 March 2020

The skin is a barrier to irritants and allergens, while also preventing water loss (Cowdell and Radley, 2012). Patients with comprised skin integrity are at increased risk of injuries such as pressure ulcers, moisture lesions, skin tears, and complications, such as infections, which can lead to pain, reduced mobility, poor quality of life, further health complications and increased healthcare costs (Moncrieff et al, 2013; Wounds UK, 2018). 

Early recognition of people who are at risk of skin damage is an essential part of prevention. Determining those at risk also aids appropriate allocation of resources (LeBlanc et al, 2018). 

​The aim of this document is to inform practitioners of the potential benefits of using medical adhesive removal and barrier products for patients with compromised skin integrity. Evidence provided in this document suggests that certain products alongside a structured skin care regimen can preserve skin integrity and avoid injury.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of CliniMed.
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