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    Understanding and Managing Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis

    Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis (IAD) is a painful, problematic skin injury that results from exposure to urine or feces. This is a miserable patient experience that also increases the risk of complications, such as secondary infections and pressure ulcers or injuries.

    Are your patients at risk?

    Residents or patients with incontinence are at risk, but those with mixed incontinence are the most vulnerable — especially when stools are liquid or diarrhea is present.3

    • Up to 41% of nursing home residence have IAD copy with an icon of a building.
    • 35% of all incontinence patients in acute care have IAD copy with icons of human figures.

    Examining the Impact of Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis

    IAD is an issue in acute as well as long-term care settings. The data sheets below will help you measure and manage IAD's impact within your facility.

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    Moving Prevention Forward

    In 2014, 3M brought together 20 international experts to look at gaps in Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis clinical care and to advance best practice principles that address those gaps. What will you find in their best practice principles document?

    Hands-on clinicians will find practical guidance for:

    • Assessing risk
    • Preventing symptoms
    • Managing Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis
    DOWNLOAD THE BEST PRACTICE PRINCIPLES DOCUMENT

    Skin care is key to skin integrity.

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    3M™ Cavilon™ Skin Care Solutions – including our new, innovative 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant – provide all the products you need for prevention and management of skin damage, even in the case of category 2 (moderate to severe) Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis.

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    Learn even more about Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis.

    • Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis Brochure (PDF, 1.54 MB)

      Download a helpful resource that defines IAD and outlines what you can do about protection and prevention.

    • Identifying Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis

      Hear what IAD experts have to say about the condition, as well as prevention and protection of patient skin.

    • Best Practice Principles

      This overview video highlights the Best Practice Principles outlined in Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis: Moving Prevention Forward.

    Expert Insights

    Hear what Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis experts have to say about the condition, as well as prevention and protection of patient skin.

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      3M℠ Health Care Academy

      3M℠ Health Care Academy offers proven, practical online educational content to healthcare professionals. Explore available courses focused on Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis and other conditions.

      Manage your training, test your knowledge, and receive certifications for completed courses.


    1. Nix D, Haugen V (2010) Prevention and management of Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis. Drugs Aging 27(6); 491-6.
    2. Gray M, Bartos S. Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis in the Acute Care Setting: A Prospective Multi-Site Epidemiological Study. Presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care. May 2013.
    3. Beekman D et al. Proceedings of the Global IAD Expert Panel. Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis: moving prevention forward. Best Practice Principles. Wound International 2015.

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