Thursday: Skin integrity and wound infection

Fiona Downie, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

​​​The focus of this zone is on maintaining skin integrity and the prevention/management of bacterial ingress into the tissues.

Learning outcomes:
At the end of the session, delegates will: 

  • Understand the skin barrier function
  • Be aware of the role of emollients and skin care practices in preserving skin integrity
  • Appreciate how entry of bacteria from the skin into broken tissue can increase local bioburden and contribute to biofilm formation
  • Recognise the role of wound cleansing in removing debris and devitalised tissue and managing biofilm

Sponsored by: