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urinary incontinence, incontinence-associated dermatitis, bowel incontinence, fecal incontinence



  1. Langemo, Diane PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Hanson, Darlene MS, BSN, PhD(c)
  3. Hunter, Susan MSN, RN
  4. Thompson, Patricia MS, RN
  5. Oh, In Eui BSN, MS(c)


PURPOSE: To enhance the learner's competence in prevention and treatment of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD).


TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:


1. Relate the pathophysiology of IAD to the development of signs and symptoms.


2. Use assessment and intervention tools in the care of patients with IAD.


3. Construct an effective plan of care for patients with IAD.


ABSTRACT: Incontinence is a prevalent problem and can lead to many complications. Both urinary and fecal incontinence can result in tissue breakdown, now commonly referred to as incontinence-associated dermatitis. This article addresses the types of incontinence, its etiology and pathophysiology, assessment, prevention and treatment, and the latest research.