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Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis: Prevalence, Economic Impact and the Benefits of Prevention
Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) is an inflammation of the skin that occurs when the skin comes into contact with urine and/or fecal matter. It can be both painful and embarrassing for patients and is a well-recognized risk factor for the development of pressure ulcers, which are not only painful for patients, but also expensive to treat.
Some Fast Facts On IAD:
- Patients with fecal and urinary incontinence are 22 times more likely to develop pressure ulcers
- Incidence of IAD in nursing home residents was reduced to 4% during use of a defined skin care/prevention protocol, quality products and staff education
- Cost of care for IAD was reduced by 50% after the implementation of product modifications and intensive staff training.
- Nursing home staff saved 34 minutes per patient per day following the implementation of a structured skin-care regimen
Learn more about Shield HealthCare’s resources for staff training and product selection here, and don’t forget to download our free Wound Management guide.