Healthy Skin Resources for All Ages

Healthy SkinWhile our feature story focuses on pediatric clients and moisture, maintaining healthy skin is an important goal for wheelchair users of all ages — and the professionals who work with them. Check out these healthy skin resources:

Wash, Rinse, Spin
This story written for consumers and caregivers and quoting ROHO’s Tricia Garven, MPT, ATP, explains the whys (and hows and how frequentlys) behind checking and cleaning wheelchair seat cushions, but the ultimate goal is to educate end users on skin health. Find it: TheMobilityProject.com.

Skin Health: Prevention & Treatment of Skin Breakdown
From the Transverse Myelitis Association comes this review of what causes skin breakdown, including the dangers of over-hydration and harmful moisture. The article, by Janet Dean, MS, RN, CRRN, CRNP, is comprehensive enough to pass along to referral sources, but approachable Healthy Skin Resources for All Ages Pediatric Series enough for consumers and caregivers. Includes plenty of self-care tips, such as the areas of the body most typically prone to skin breakdown, and caring for patients with incontinence issues. Find it: myelitis.org.

Moisture-Associated Skin Damage
Wound Source’s article covers the many different types of skin breakdown caused by various types of fluids and helps healthcare professionals to identify them. Find it: woundsource.com.

This article originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of Mobility Management.

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