Neonatal Skin and Wound Care: Preventing Skin Injury

Neonatal skin is immature and thin, and it requires special care to prevent skin injury. Injury prevention includes risk identification, monitoring for early signs of skin damage, regular cleansing and repositioning, and the use of an appropriate medical adhesive to secure dressings on neonatal skin. Hy-Tape medical adhesive, which is gentle, secure, waterproof, and hypoallergenic, […]

Skin Tear Risk Factors & Prevention

For the geriatric population (65 years and older) skin tears are a growing concern. It is estimated that almost 1/4 of the population will fall into this age category by 2060 making it an unavoidable truth that health care professionals will need to make skin tear prevention a priority in their care plan. Skin tears […]

Skin Tear Prevention

Strategies for Preventing Skin Injury in At-Risk Populations Skin tears and other types of medical adhesive–related skin injuries (MARSI) are serious and common problems, particularly among at-risk populations such as older adults and those with diabetes and other medical conditions that may weaken the skin. Issues associated with skin tears can cause patient discomfort, delayed wound healing, and infection, leading to […]

Dealing with Irritant Contact Dermatitis & Medical Adhesives

Whether securing an intravenous line, holding a dressing in place, or protecting a scar, there is generally a need for an adhesive tape. Patients who experience discomfort, burning, redness, and in sever cases blistering, may either have an allergy to medical adhesives or be experiencing Irritant Contact Dermatitis. Recognizing the difference and administering proper treatment […]

Skin Tears & Securing Devices On Geriatric & Neonatal Patients

Securing Tubes & Devices to Young Skin Neonates have a developing epidermal barrier that is more permeable and more reactive to the environment through the first 2 years of their lives. Skin tears are commonly are linked to device trauma or adhesive use. In many cases, they occur on the head, face, and extremities. In response to this […]

Wound Care and Infection Management: Risk Factors for Wound Infection

Infections are one of the most serious complications associated with wounds, which makes infection prevention a key part of post-surgical care and wound management. Even for wounds resulting from clean surgery, there is an 8% infection rate among the general population, and percentages grow as patients get older. This article describes four main risk factors […]

Scar Protection and the Outdoors

Scar tissue is thin, under stress, and requires extra attention. While skin is healing, it becomes a lot more sensitive to the harmful effects of the suns ultraviolet rays. That is why it is important to take precautions and be diligent with care while healing. The sun is one of the leading causes of scars […]

Mitigating Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI)

Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI) is a problematic skin condition, that can be caused by the use of medical adhesives in applicable settings. The levels of irritation vary with MARSI  and can range from minor skin redness, swelling and contact dermatitis to skin stripping, tearing and maceration. All of which inhibit proper recovery and healing. […]