Whilst there may be some disagreement as to whether incontinence actually increases the risk of pressure ulcers or whether incontinence is an indicator for other risk factors (4), it is clear that the problems of pressure ulcers and incontinence often go hand-in-hand. Effective management of incontinence and pressure care is therefore vitally important to maintain healthy tissue. There are several steps you can take to help maintain healthy skin:
For further reading the NHS Stop the Pressure Campaign has some very useful information.
1 NHS Choices (2016), Urinary Incontinence [Online]. Available at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Incontinence-urinary/Pages/Introduction.aspx (Accessed 1 Nov 2016)
2 NHS Midlands and East (n.d), How to: Manage Incontinence/Moisture http://nhs.stopthepressure.co.uk/How-To-Guides/howtogreatskinincontinencefinal.pdf (Accessed 1 Nov 2016)
³ Wounds UK (2012), Best Practice in Continence Skincare [Online]. Available at http://www.wounds-uk.com/pdf/content_10703.pdf (Accessed 1 Nov 2016)
⁴ PubMEd.gov (2005), Urinary incontinence as a risk factor for pressure sores does not withstand a critical examination [Online]. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16281894 (Accessed 1 Nov 2016)
About the author – Ray Booth
Ray Booth is Research & Innovation Director at Select Medical. He has been involved in the pressure care equipment industry for over 20 years. In that time he has created a wide range of well-designed alternating air pressure mattress systems for use in hospital, hospice and community healthcare sectors.