Study supports curly fibers in Inco products.
A landmark study supporting the use of absorbent products with curly fiber as a new strategy for combating Incontinence Associated Skin Damage (LASD) has been released. Led by renowned incontinence researcher and University of Minnesota School of Nursing professor, Donna Bliss, the study found that absorbent briefs with curly fibers significantly lower/acidify skin pH, reducing the risk for LASD in older nursing home residents older than 75 years.
Bliss presented the findings during a sold-out breakfast symposium at the 2016 WOCN Society and CAET Joint Conference in Montreal, Quebec. Funded by a research grant from Hartmann, the study published the following conclusions:
* Absorbent briefs containing curly fiber significantly lower/acidify the pH of skin exposed to an alkaline solution with pH similar to urine/feces while standard briefs do not.
* Absorbent briefs containing curly fibers have the potential to prevent LASD, reduce LASD severity and promote LASD healing in older nursing home residents.
* Findings support using absorbent briefs with curly fiber to combat LASD and maintaining skin health during incontinence.
LASD represents a significant health challenge worldwide. Characterized by inflammation, persistent redness, pain, itching and skin loss, LASD causes considerable discomfort and is a well-recognized risk factor for the development of secondary infections and pressure ulcers.
The primary cause of LASD is chronic exposure to urine or stool, both of which raise skin pH to unhealthy levels (up to pH 8.0) and compromise the its natural defenses. Elevated pH levels break down the skin's protective acid mantle, opening pathways for environmental contaminants and microbial infection. Absorbent products with curly fibers help protect the skin against LASD by instantly reducing pH to the skin-friendly range of pH 4.5 to 5.5.
"The Bliss study supports our own laboratory findings and clearly demonstrates the pH-buffering power of curly fiber," says Dr. Hans Smola, Medical Director for Hartmann." When skin pH is reduced, the risk of LASD is also reduced."
Hartmann provides healthcare solutions in the areas of adult incontinence, wound care and compression therapy. As a forward-thinking company, Hartmann partners with healthcare professionals across the continuum of care to develop and implement novel solutions designed to promote healing, increase operational efficiencies and improve quality of life.
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) is a premier nursing specialty organization dedicated to safe and effective wound, ostomy and continence care. The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) is a not-for-profit association promoting high nursing standards for the care of wound, ostomy and continence patients.