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Model expands approach to skin care

Australian researchers have put forward a Skin Safety Model that aims to offer a unified perspective on the precursors that contribute to potential iatrogenic skin injuries in older hospitalised adults.

Jill Campbell, a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology and one of the model’s architects, said it’s timely for clinicians to shift to a much more comprehensive skin safety paradigm, which is to maintain skin integrity as a whole, not simply look at preventing specific individual skin injuries.

“We hope that the Skin Safety Model guides that decision making to develop [care] plans that include fundamental activities that have high-value skin integrity impact,” she said.

Nursing Review spoke with Campbell to discuss what the model covers and how it differs previous skin integrity frameworks.

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