Barrier products, such as skin barrier films, are designed to protect the skin by minimising its exposure to excessive moisture and irritants. These may be topical preparations (available in a spray, foam applicator or wipe format) that can be applied to the skin without stinging, and dry quickly to create a breathable and transparent film. They provide a protective water-repellent barrier against irritants and harmful bodily substances, such as urine and faeces.
Barrier films will not affect dressing application and are simple for both healthcare providers and patients/carers to use. Sterile products are particularly useful as they can be used on both intact and injured skin and are recommended for use in patients with a high risk of infection (Fumarola et al, 2020).
The LBF® Sterile Barrier Film Range (CliniMed) uses healthcare-grade silicones to protect both intact and injured skin from moisture, such as from wound exudate or other fluids, as well as from friction, shear, and medical adhesive-related skin injury (MARSI). The LBF® Barrier Cream (CliniMed) provides an effective barrier to protect intact skin from the harmful effects of bodily fluids, such as stoma output and excessive perspiration.
The LBF range includes applications suitable for different clinical scenarios and wound types:
- LBF Sterile Barrier Film Foam Applicator (1ml and 2ml)
- LBF Sterile Barrier Film Spray (30ml and 50ml)
- LBF Sterile Barrier Film Wipes (30 pack)
- LBF Barrier Cream range (100g, 30g and 2g sachet).
The LBF Sterile Barrier Film Range is the only full sterile barrier film range available on the market in the UK, providing long-lasting skin protection and an ideal surface for dressing adhesion. The LBF Barrier Cream is highly concentrated, non-greasy and pH-balanced; individually packaged sachets are available for quick and easy use, which may help to prevent overuse of resources and generate cost savings.