Dry skin and the use of leave-on products in nursing care: A prevalence study in nursing homes and hospitals [article]

Anna Lechner, Nils Lahmann, Andrea Lichterfeld-Kottner, Ursula Müller-Werdan, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Jan Kottner, Universitätsbibliothek Der FU Berlin, Universitätsbibliothek Der FU Berlin
Aims: To describe the prevalence of dry skin in nursing homes and hospitals and to describe relationships between topical skincare interventions and dry skin. Design: Two multicentre descriptive cross-sectional prevalence studies. Methods: The studies were performed in German nursing homes and hospitals in 2015 and 2016. Data were collected by trained nurses based on a standardized data collection form. The severity of dry skin was measured using the Overall Dry Skin Score. Results: In total,
more » ... 662 nursing home residents and 1,486 hospital patients participated. The prevalence of dry skin was 41.2% in nursing homes and 55.2% in hospitals. In case of skincare dependency, the proportions of participants with dry skin were higher, particularly in hospitals (70.2%). In both institutions, the application of leave-on products increased when dry skin was present but remained lower in hospitals. Considering the high amount of skin dryness in skincare-dependent participants, interventions seem not to be successful. Results indicate a need for skincare improvement in future.
doi:10.17169/refubium-1969 fatcat:uvqw3w2iyngrhf2y6jmcogg3xy