WoundSource White Papers

Urinary and Fecal Incontinence Management: Maintaining Skin Health and Preventing Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis and Chronic Skin Conditions

Incontinence is a significant and growing problem for healthcare professionals. As the population ages, a growing number of patients are suffering from urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence or both. According to recent estimates, as many as 50% of elderly patients and 60% of elderly female patients suffer from either urinary or fecal incontinence. The severity of its prevalence along with its effects on skin health make it a major challenge for healthcare professionals, particularly those working in long term care and other environments dealing with older individuals. 

The effects of incontinence can have significant impacts on skin health including: moisture-associated skin damage (MASD), incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) and pressure injuries. It is important that nurses and other healthcare practitioners have a strong clinical knowledge of incontinence so they can take steps to prevent skin damage before it occurs. 

Urinary and Fecal Incontinence Management

This white paper will provide guidance on skin care best practices and illustrate the benefits of using specially formulated lanolin products for patients with urinary and fecal incontinence. 

In this white paper, health care professionals will learn: 

  • The primary skin conditions associated with incontinence
  • The relationship between skin health and the prevention of costly complcations in individuals with incontinence, including pressure injuries
  • The effects of medication and preexisting conditions, including diabetes and stress
  • How skin care products formulated with lanolin can increase the effectiveness of a consistent skin care regimen by maintaining skin integrity

This white paper is generally written for health care professionals with an interest in product solutions.

Sponsored by Santus, Manufacturers of Lantiseptic®