Did you know that the thinnest skin on your body is found on your eyelids (0.02mm) and the thickest skin is found on your feet (1.4mm)?
This month’s focus in the Clinical Hub is Skin Integrity.
Our skin is our largest organ. Skin helps us to regulate our temperature, protects us from organisms and allows us to sense the world around us through touch.
But when skin integrity is impaired from factors such as ulceration, pressure or damage from contaminants, we must investigate the cause and implement strategies to allow the skin to heal.
The VMCH Clinical Hub provides some excellent resources on burns, pressure care, wound charting, biofilm and leg ulcers.
Daily skin assessments are key to early identification and management of impaired skin integrity and pressure related injuries. Good nutrition, good hydration, maintaining good levels of moisture in the skin and preventative pressure injury care all assist in maintaining healthy skin.
For those wanting to understand how our skin changes as we age, the Skin and Moisture Toolbox includes interesting information on the physiology of ageing. Within this toolbox is a video on the transformation of our skin from approximately 25 years old.
For more information, toolboxes and procedures, visit the Clinical Hub.