Chapter 4. Protecting the Skin and Preventing Breakdown

  1. Rebecca Penzer RN, BSc(Hons), PGDipEd, MSc Nurse Specialist Deputy Chair1 and
  2. Steven J. Ersser RGN, BSc (Hons), PhD (Lond), CertTHEd Professor Director Chair2

Published Online: 10 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319804.ch4

Principles of Skin Care: A Guide for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

Principles of Skin Care: A Guide for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

How to Cite

Penzer, R. and Ersser, S. J. (2010) Protecting the Skin and Preventing Breakdown, in Principles of Skin Care: A Guide for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319804.ch4

Author Information

  1. 1

    Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, UK

  2. 2

    Bournemouth University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170871

Online ISBN: 9781444319804

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Keywords:

  • protecting skin and preventing breakdown;
  • concept of skin vulnerability;
  • skin vulnerability - resulting from difficulties, lack of self-care management skills;
  • inflammation - body's response to injury, acute or chronic;
  • dry skin or xerosis, common feature of skin disease;
  • transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and skin dehydration;
  • oedema and lymphoedema - disrupting microcirculation and impairing skin barrier;
  • effects of washing (skin hygiene) practices on skin;
  • effects of urinary incontinence on skin vulnerability - neglected area of nursing investigation;
  • cutaneous reaction patterns due to ADRs

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The concept of skin vulnerability

  • What causes skin breakdown?

  • Preventative practices

  • Nursing intervention to support behavioural change (prevention) in relation to sun exposure

  • Nutrition to support skin integrity

  • Preventing skin damage by scratching

  • Conclusion

  • References