Skin and Surgical Incisions

The skin is the largest body organ. It is essential to managing the body's water and temperature through sweating and evaporation. The skin is also the first line of defence against infection. The health of the skin becomes a concern when a person is not able to move around or change their position without help. Fluid retention, poor nutrition, and general ill health make the skin more vulnerable to break down.

Please follow the links below to learn more about skin problems that may come up in critical care, and what is done to prevent and treat them.


Potential Problems

Prevention and Therapies

Medications

Diagnostic Tests and Monitoring

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Last Updated September 25, 2008 | © 2007, LHSC, London Ontario Canada