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Dermatology

Developing a clinical care pathway to reduce and treat enteric feeding tube site skin excoriation: a quality-improvement pilot study

In our organisation, the average yearly enteric tube insertions, patient assessments, and amount of specialist nursing hours for enteral site skin excoriation have been increasing. The estimated...

Six habits to introduce for eczema management: a guide for community nurses

The outer layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, is composed of dead skin cells (anucleated corneocytes) surrounded by a lipid matrix (Lin et al, 2017). Hot water can interfere with these lipids and...

Skin care considerations for those with chronic oedema or lymphoedema

Overall, skin care is a crucial part of nursing care of patients who have chronic oedema and lymphoedema. It is important to have a daily regimen set up in a care plan, with the involvement of tissue...

Skin care in the summer: risks, assessment and treatment

There are two type of skin ageing factors: intrinsic and extrinsic. The Skin Cancer Foundation (2015) stated that the skin loses fat and water content as people age, becoming thinner and allowing UV...

Preventing skin tears among older adults in the community

First, it is important to clarify what a skin tear is, as there can be some confusion or misconception that it is a minor issue or something far less complex than one might think..

Best practice for chronic oedema in community settings: what can we learn?

The guidance reflects the changing emphasis of the NHS and its provision on personalised care, and how that can be achieved (NHS England, 2019). There is also an increased emphasis on self-management,...

Skin infections in older adults

Hahnel et al (2017) investigated the prevalence of skin diseases in older nursing home residents while also exploring the possible associations of these with demographic and medical characteristics....

Interventions for hand eczema

The primary objective of the review summarised here (Christoffers et al, 2019) was to assess the efficacy of topical and systemic interventions for hand eczema in adults and children..

Eczema and the older person

Certain factors accelerate skin ageing. The skin is easily damaged by ultraviolet light, and excessive sun exposure can cause dryness, irregular pigmentation, loss of collagen and deep wrinkling....

Dermatological conditions in older adults: clinical overview

Generally, the most common symptom of dermatitis, dermatologically speaking is itching, which might appear with or without lesions of the skin. Therefore, to evaluate pruritus, a thorough history and...

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