Skin Management / Continence Care

Protect Skin and Reduce Handling

A common problem for residents with incontinence is skin fragility and

 damage which requires extra time and care when being washed or showered. Where physical and or cognitive impairment are evident, personal hygeine care can become uncomfortable and distressing. 

Q: What are the benefits of Peri-Foam®?

A: The combination of essential oils and emollients produce a skin management product to clean, soothe and protect with the added benefit of an odour neutraliser.

Q: Can Peri-Foam® be used for urinary and faecal incontinence?

A: Yes, the added benefit is the odour neutraliser.

Q: How often should I use Peri-Foam®?

A: As often as required, Peri-Foam® is water based and will not cause any build up of product on the skin.

Q: Is Peri-Foam® only used in Aged Care?

A: No.  Peri-Foam® is now being used in Palliative Care as a full body wash, Home Nursing, Community Nursing and Wound Care.

Q: Why use Peri-Foam® in place of soap and water?

A: Through controlled trials conducted in nursing home environments, Peri-Foam® has proven to be more cost effective than soap and water and is far more soothing on the skin.  See the link for case study results; Hospital Healthcare Casestudy August 2004 

Q: Is Peri-Foam® only useful for incontinence?

A: No.  Although originally developed as a skin management product for incontinence, Peri-Foam® is now being used as a full body wash for patients with limited mobility and wound cleansing.

Wound Care / Cleansing

Chronic wounds are often rendered recalcitrant through prolonged inflammation and biofilm deposition.

“Cleansing would surfaces of devitalised tissue, exudate residues, bacteria and dressing remnants is an important action in preparing a wound for investigation, monitoring and treatment.”

Malignant, non-healing wounds are emotionally, socially and physically taxing. The lesions are readily prone to bleeding, copious exudate, pain and malodour. Bacterial and fungal infection are often opportunistic in these wounds and yet their pungent smells and skin excoriation provide discomfort and social isolation.

At the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH) we commended the use of Peri-Foam® on a number of individuals experiencing cervical and vulval cancer – often involving metastatic spread. These ladies found regular washing most painful or even impossible to attend. However, the majority of patients who were willing to use Peri-Foam® found its application easy and gentle.

Director Wound Management Services
Sydney Adventist Hospital Wound Clinic