Pressure Injury Survey Guide

Types of Pressure Injury Prevention Interventions

Moisture Management

The purpose of moisture management is to protect the skin from excessive moisture or dryness.

Excessively moist skin compromises tissue strength and is more likely to breakdown when exposed to pressure and shear.

  • Skin may become excessively moist from urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, wound drainage, and perspiration
  • Strategies to reduce skin moisture
    • Cleanse the skin at routine intervals and each time the patient is incontinent
    • Use absorbent underpads that wick moisture away from the skin
    • If needed, use incontinence briefs or diapers that are absorbent and wick moisture away from the skin
    • Consider using a fecal containment device to manage fecal incontinence
    • For bariatric patients, use materials to absorb moisture between skin folds
    • Consider use of a support surface that manages the humidity and the heat between the bed surface and the skin (microclimate)
    • Turn patients routinely
    • In the operating room, prevent the pooling of skin preparation solutions under the patient and use an absorbent underpad to wick moisture away from the skin
  1. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, & Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. (2014). Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline (E. Haesler Ed.). Osborne Park, Western Australia: Cambridge Media.