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Keep a healthy supply of skin barrier products on hand to use generously as they are vital and cheap. As a visiting nurse I never travel without my bag full. Whether you prefer wipes as I do or lotions and sprays, these products fundamentally work the same by protecting skin and strengthening adherence. No limit to skin barrier applications including using under hydrocolloids (Duoderm), transparent dressings (Tegaderm), tapes, adhesives, anchoring devices for IV, catheter tubing, condom catheters (Texas catheters), and stoma wafers. Reducing need for unnecessary dressing changes proves them to be cost effective as well. Skin barriers are essential to fragile skin of elderly persons to avoid breakdown.

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