Cornstarch and incontinence careRegister Today!
- by CabanaDay Feb 2, '12For adult patients incontinent of urine and feces who may go eight hours (or more overnight) without changing, is powder containing cornstarch less than ideal?
I ask in HH because I hope patients in hospitals and LTC aren't going eight hours without incontinece care.
I seem to recall the general rule that cornstarch based powders are contraindicated in the presence of fecal incontinece. In addition, for this client, the smell of yeast is very strong during that first diaper change of the day.
- Feb 2, '12 by CapeCodMermaidCorn starch will cake up and most likely cause an infection. Try to get your HH patients to buy 8 HR briefs. They are more costly than regular ones, but they are very absorbent and keep the urine away from the skin.
- Feb 5, '12 by CabanaDayPractical Management Strategies for Diaper Dermatitis provides the data I sought regarding the combination of urine, and feces which is a reservoir for Candida albicans (yeast), that discourages cornstarch based powders. In a warm, humid, and high pH evironment, feeding on cornstarch, yeast thrive.
We have chosen Baza Moisture Barrier Antifungal Cream as a one-step solution.