OEDEMA and Skin Care by Levone

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									OEDEMA and Skin Care

Principles of management
• • • • • • • Accurate assessment Detailed history Positioning – -Avoid extreme elevation - Encourage lying on bed/sofa for intervals Review Medication Encourage mobility/exercise

Helpful hints
• • • • • Assess compliance with Medication Establish whether patient goes to bed Monitor fluid intake Ensure adequate pressure area care Use barrier creams/dressings to protect healthy skin

Skin Care
• • • • • • • • Reduce risk of macerations Ensure good hygiene Protective skin contact dressing Absorbent outer dressing Change outer dressing frequently Assess for infection- treat promptly Seek advice from tissue viability Assess suitability for compression


								
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