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Improving Outcomes with Simple Changes

Posted on in Product and Service Solutions

By Heather Trumm, BSN, RN, CWON, Director, VGM Wound Care

Do you work with long-term care or rehabilitation facilities that are using disposable briefs like crazy? Or, do they tell you their briefs are not absorbing? Maybe the briefs aren’t the problem; maybe it’s the protective barrier cream they’re using. 

From an outcomes perspective, it’s very important to use products that produce the positive outcomes you desire. There are very good barrier creams on the market, and there are creams that are not so good. 

Allow the Brief to do its Job

To ensure your briefs are doing what they are supposed to do, make sure you select product that vanishes into the skin and allows the brief to do “it’s job.” The barrier creams that are thick and messy really defeat the purpose of the brief. If you use one of the “not so good creams,” you will see they clog up the brief, preventing it from absorbing urine and stool from the patient.

Less is More

My favorite saying in the wound, ostomy, and continence world is “less is more.” You should not have to apply oodles of product for it to be effective. Generally, the less you use of the product, the better. Keep that in mind when applying barrier cream. 

I really like the 3M CavilonTM  Durable Barrier Cream. It does the job a good barrier cream should do, and tape sticks to it as well. 3M Cavilon  Durable Barrier Cream is applied utilizing a very thin layer, vanishes completely into the skin, and is only reapplied every 8-12 hours as it resists wash off.   

For more information on barrier creams or wound, ostomy, or continence care as it relates to DME, please contact me at 319-493-8523 or [email protected]. Also, please visit our VGM Wound Care Connection website. VGM Wound Care Connection may help you achieve the better outcomes your DME is looking for.