Peristomal Skin: Management and Prevention of Complications

As stomas become increasingly prevalent, it is critical that health care professionals understand the importance of skin care best practices to prevent peristomal skin complications. These complications, which include dermatitis, infection, trauma, and pressure injury, can have a significant impact on both quality of life and health care costs. Effective peristomal skin management using current […]

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 […]

Ostomy Care: Preventing Skin Irritation Around the Stoma

One of the more common issues that ostomates face is skin irritation. While it is annoying and often times itchy or painful, it is also preventable and manageable. Remembering that your skin is under stress from adhesives, abrasion, and various chemicals is paramount. We’ve done our best to collect information on how to keep your […]

Neonatal MARSI

Medical adhesives are a necessary part of modern medicine. Intravenous and intra-arterial lines, endotracheal tubes, and certain catheters must be tightly secured to prevent slippage, dislodgment, or even internal trauma to patients. On the other hand, medical adhesives are not without a certain amount of risk. Medical adhesives may cause mechanical problems, contact dermatitis, and […]

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: A Focus on Diabetic Foot Wounds

Negative-pressure wound therapy can be a remarkably powerful tool in in the treatment of complex wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers. The keys to success with negative-pressure wound therapy are patient selection, wound preparation, and device application. In this article, we review the mechanism of action and clinical applications of negative-pressure wound therapy laid out by […]

Ostomy Securement & Fluctuating Weather

How Weather Affects An Ostomy With experience comes the knowledge that shifts in seasons, traveling to different regions, and extreme temperature swings can profoundly affect the way you will need to wear and secure your ostomy appliance. Below are some ideas and tips on how to manage your ostomy in hot and cold weather. Summer […]

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 […]