Skin hygiene practices, emollient therapy and skin vulnerability

Nurs Times. 2005 Jan 25-31;101(4):57, 59.


The promotion and maintenance of skin integrity is one of the most common challenges for nurses in every sphere of practice, but particularly for those caring for patients with chronic inflammation of the skin (such as in eczema and psoriasis), and to those at risk of skin breakdown due to immobility, circulatory disease, or incontinence. A significant amount of nursing time is spent washing patients, or assisting them to wash. However, little attention has been given to a scientific appraisal or evidence of the effectiveness of these activities.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Eczema / nursing
  • Emollients / administration & dosage*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Hygiene* / standards
  • Inflammation
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nursing Research
  • Psoriasis / nursing
  • Skin Care / methods*
  • Skin Care / nursing
  • Skin Care / standards
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena


  • Emollients