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by Kathi Thimsen RN, MSN, WOCN

Skin protectants and moisture barrier products serve two purposes in patient care: first is to protect the skin from harmful stimuli (incontinence, wound drainage, saliva, gastric juices, etc.); second is to create a barrier between the skin and the environment. It is amazing that one product and basically one classification of ingredient can get the job done!

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by Kathi Thimsen RN, MSN, WOCN

Looking for a moisturizer? Look no further than the faucet! Did you know that water is the ONLY moisturizing ingredient? It’s true. All of the other ingredients in popular skin and wound care moisturizers are simply to keep the water where we want it to be on our patient’s skin.

When selecting a moisturizing product for a patient’s condition, check the ingredients for agents that serve as humectants. This type of ingredient attracts, holds, and binds moisture to the skin.

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by Kathi Thimsen RN, MSN, WOCN

Cleansers for skin and wound care have always been a topic of much discussion. How and why do we use skin cleansers? What are the differences between skin cleansers and soap? Can you use a skin cleanser in a wound? Why not? What should you use for wound cleansing?

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by Kathi Thimsen RN, MSN, WOCN

Why do we have the FDA

In the late 1800s the government saw the potential danger that “snake oil” salesmen posed to society. Potions and elixirs were said to calm women prone to hysteria during the pre-menstrual cycle or cure headaches. Some of the most dangerous elixirs claimed to calm colicky babies and irritable children. These potions and elixirs were formulated with water, alcohol, and in some cases, poisons like toxic herbal extracts and tar.

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