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Skin barrier; solid, 8 x 8 or equivalent, each

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Name of the Procedure:

Skin Barrier; Solid, 8 x 8 or Equivalent, Each (A5122)

Common name(s): Skin barrier, Ostomy barrier, Wound barrier
Technical/Medical term: Solid skin barrier, 8 x 8 cm


The application of a skin barrier, typically an 8 x 8 cm solid barrier, used to protect the skin from irritation caused by prolonged exposure to bodily waste, wound exudate, or other harmful fluids. It is often used around ostomy sites or wounds to create a protective layer between the skin and potentially damaging substances.


Medical conditions or problems it addresses:
  • Protects the skin around ostomy stomas
  • Shields skin from wound exudate
  • Prevents irritation and breakdown of the skin
Goals or expected outcomes:
  • Maintain skin integrity
  • Prevent infections and skin complications
  • Enhance wound healing by protecting the surrounding skin


Specific symptoms or conditions:
  • Presence of an ostomy (colostomy, ileostomy)
  • Chronic wounds with significant exudate
  • Skin irritation due to prolonged moisture or waste contact
Patient criteria:
  • Patients with stomas from ostomy procedures
  • Individuals with pressure ulcers or similar chronic wounds
  • Patients who experience peri-wound skin irritation


Pre-procedure instructions:
  • Clean the area thoroughly with mild soap and water
  • Dry the skin completely before application
  • Avoid using lotions or creams that may interfere with adhesion
Diagnostic tests or assessments:
  • Assessment of the skin condition around the ostomy or wound site
  • Measuring the area to ensure the appropriate fit of the skin barrier

Procedure Description

Step-by-step explanation:
  1. Preparation: Ensure the skin is clean and dry.
  2. Sizing: If needed, cut the skin barrier to fit the area around the stoma or wound.
  3. Application: Peel off the backing and place the adhesive side onto the skin.
  4. Securing: Smooth out wrinkles and ensure firm adhesion to create a protective barrier.
Tools, equipment, or technology:
  • Solid skin barrier (8 x 8 cm or equivalent)
  • Scissors (if resizing is necessary)
Anesthesia or sedation details:
  • None required as it is a non-invasive and pain-free procedure


The application process typically takes around 10-15 minutes.


Where the procedure is performed:
  • Outpatient clinic
  • At the patient’s home under instruction from healthcare providers
  • Hospital setting


Healthcare professionals involved:
  • Nurses, particularly wound care or ostomy care nurses
  • Physicians with expertise in wound care or ostomy management may provide guidance

Risks and Complications

Common risks:
  • Skin irritation due to adhesive
  • Potential allergic reactions to the material
Rare risks:
  • Improper application leading to skin breakdown or infection
Management of complications:
  • Reassessment of the skin barrier material
  • Usage of hypoallergenic barriers if available
  • Immediate medical evaluation if severe irritation or allergic reactions occur


Expected benefits:
  • Enhanced protection of skin integrity
  • Prevention of skin breakdown and associated infections
  • Better comfort for the patient
Timeframe to realize benefits:
  • Immediate relief from irritation and protection upon application


Post-procedure care:
  • Regularly check and change the skin barrier as instructed (typically every 3-7 days)
  • Monitor skin for any signs of irritation or breakdown
Expected recovery time:
  • Continuous use as needed based on individual conditions and healthcare provider’s advice
Restrictions and follow-up:
  • Follow any additional instructions provided by healthcare professionals
  • Schedule follow-up appointments as necessary to monitor skin condition


Other treatment options:
  • Liquid skin protectants or barrier creams
  • Hydrocolloid dressings specifically for wound care
Pros and cons of alternatives:
  • Liquid protectants and creams: Easier to apply but may not provide long-lasting protection
  • Hydrocolloid dressings: Excellent at absorbing exudate but may need more frequent changes

Patient Experience

During the procedure:
  • Generally a painless and non-invasive process
  • Some patients might feel slight discomfort while adjusting the barrier
After the procedure:
  • Immediate sense of protection and decreased irritation
  • Enhanced comfort due to shielding of the skin
Pain management and comfort measures:
  • Regular skin assessments to ensure comfort
  • Patient education on proper application to minimize discomfort

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