Skin Integrity

The largest organ in the body is the skin. It not only holds us together, but it keeps out foreign bodies and nasty organisms. It helps regulate our body temperature and keeps us from burning up or freezing to death. The sweat glands that run through the skin help cool us off, and the blood vessels deliver food, oxygen, and nutrients throughout our body. It’s an amazing organ and one we often take for granted.

The areas of the body caregivers must monitor the closest to prevent skin breakdown.

Tips for Preventing Skin Breakdown

Relieve Pressure on the Skin – Rotate Pressure Areas   Lift and turn your family member away from areas where boney areas press the skin against the bed or other hard surfaces, previously receiving all the pressure based on their sitting. When helping them move, do not slide them because sliding causes friction, which may […]

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