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As many as one in three people in the UK will suffer from some form of continence problem in their lives. A common side effect of urinary/faecal incontinence is sore or broken skin, caused by frequent contact with body fluids. This uncomfortable and distressing problem can be made worse by traditional barrier creams, which can clog incontinence pads and prevent them from working correctly1.

3M™ Cavilon™ Durable Barrier Cream protects intact skin from body fluids and helps to prevent breakdown2, whilst moisturising the skin. It is quickly absorbed into the skin, and therefore will not clog incontinence pads1. Alternatively, if the skin is already broken and sore, apply 3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film, which will protect the skin against body fluids for over 72 hours3. Both Cavilon skin care products allow incontinence pads to function correctly, and enable tapes/dressings to stick to the skin.

* (source www.continence-foundation.org.uk)

1. Hart J (2002) Assessment of the incontinence pad blocking potential of 3M Cavilon Durable Barrier Cream compared with Sudocrem and Zinc & Castor Oil. Nursing Scotland 2002, Issue July/August
2. Bale S, Tebble N, Jones V, Price P, (2004) The benefits of implementing a new skin care protocol in nursing homes. J Tissue Viability 14(2)44-50
3. Issberner K, Schuren J, A Comparative study of the Skin Protectant performance of five Barrier Films. 3M Germany Laboratory, Neuss, Germany, 2004

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