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Skin-related issues have a significant impact on health, activities of daily living, and quality of life among people with spina bifida. Data presented by select clinics that participate in the National Spina Bifida Patient Registry reported that 26% of individuals had a history of pressure injuries with 19% having had one in the past year. The spina bifida community lack direct guidelines on prevention of these and other skin related issues. The Integument (skin) Guidelines focus on prevention, not treatment, of existing problems.
Using a consensus building methodology, the guidelines were written by experts in spina bifida and wound care.
The guidelines include age-grouped, evidence-based guidelines written in the context of an understanding of the whole person. They are presented in table format according to the age of the person with spina bifida.
These guidelines present a standardized approach to prevention of skin-related issues in spina bifida. Discovering what results in successful minimization of skin-related issues with testing of technology or prevention strategies is the next step in protecting this vulnerable population.
Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Beierwaltes, P., Munoz, S., & Wilhelmy, J. (2020). Integument: Guidelines for the care of people with Spina Bifida. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 13, 543-548. https://doi.org/10.3233/PRM-200723
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