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What are the causes of moisture lesions and the strategies for treatment?

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  • Article: Bianchi J (2012) Causes and strategies for moisture lesions. Nursing Times; 108: 5, 20-22.
  • Author: Janice Bianchi is medical education specialist and honorary lecturer, School of Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Science, University of Glasgow.

This article will tell you about:

  • How to identify, prevent and treat moisture lesions
  • The causes of incontinence
  • Different methods for managing incontinence

You would be likely to reference this article if you were researching:

  • Incontinence and its causes
  • Management of incontinence
  • Moisture lesions
  • Incontinence-associated dermatitis

In what situations will this article be useful to me?

This article would be useful for those treating patients with incontinence. They are at risk of developing moisture lesions also known as incontinence-associated dermatitis. This expert article advises on treating and managing incontinence as well as how to prevent incontinence-related lesions. It also gives advice on how to care for and treat those already suffering from the condition.

Questions for your mentor/tutor

  • What tools are used on this unit for identifying moisture lesions?
  • How do you prevent incontinence-related lesions occurring?

Student Nursing Times Decoder

Moisture lesions - also known as incontinence-associated dermatitis. They are sore and inflamed areas of skin which have been in contact with urine and faeces.

Transepidermal water loss - this is when moisture is lost from the skin and is increased and aggravated by the inflammation caused by moisture lesions. Excoriation - wearing and abrasion of the skin.

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