Updated 06 April 2016

Action point


An estimated 50% of nursing home residents suffer form of faecal incontinence, which is embarrassing for residents and unpleasant for staff.

Patients have an increased risk for developing redness, irritation, discomfort and skin ulcers around the anal and perineal area. General moisturising lotions are inadequate for protecting the skin from stool and related moisture, and heavy barrier products can further induce skin breakdown if they're not specially formulated for perineal care.

Look for advanced skin cleansers designed to clean, moisturise and protect the skin by keeping skin pH between 5.0 and 5.9. This will help ward off bacteria and fungi.

Also keep a lookout for briefs that quickly wick away moisture, even from the liquid from stool, and creams that contain topical nutrients that are absorbed into the skin to help it stay healthy and strong.

Visit our Incontinence Centre for more on managing this condition.


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