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Skin Trauma & Skin Protection Sleeves

Facts About Skin Trauma
The risk of skin trauma (bruises, abrasions and tears) is great in patients / residents with sensitive skin. Skin trauma frequently occurs during:

  • A fall against or bump into furnishings with sharp edges, such as dressers, tabletops, chair frames, wheelchairs, unpadded side rails, and other objects.
  • Caregiver assistance with mobility (lifting, turning, positioning and transferring techniques).

Injured Body Part

  • The upper extremities (forearm and hand) are most frequently the site of injury, followed by the leg.

Identified Risks for Skin Trauma

  • Advanced age
  • High fall risk status
  • Sensory loss
  • Compromised nutrition
  • History of previous skin trauma
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dependency
  • Poor mobility
  • Polypharmacy
  • Use of an assistive device
  • Decreased vision

Prevention of Skin Trauma

  • Patients / residents should be encouraged to wear long sleeves, pants or Kinship Comfort Brands Skin Protection Sleeves for protection against injury.
  • Educate staff on the importance of carefully handling elderly patients/residents with frail skin. Encourage proper positioning, turning, lifting, and transferring techniques.
  • Provide padding to bed rails, wheelchair arm and leg supports, and any other equipment that may be utilized to protect the patient/resident from accidentally bumping into a hard surface
  • Provide a well-lit environment to minimize the risk of patients/residents bumping into equipment or furniture.

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