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Perineal Skin Cleansers for Adults with Urine Incontinence in Long-Term Care or Hospital Settings: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: October 21, 2019
Project Number: RC1196-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of perineal skin cleanser products for patients with urine incontinence in long-term care or hospital settings?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines for the use of perineal skin cleansers for patients with urine incontinence in long-term care or hospital settings?

Key Message

One systematic review was identified regarding the clinical effectiveness of perineal skin cleanser products for patients with incontinence in long-term care or hospital settings. Low-quality evidence summarized in a high-quality systematic review suggested that perineal skin cleansers may be effective at preventing incontinence associated dermatitis and maintaining skin barrier function compared to traditional soap and water. No evidence-based guidelines for the use of perineal skin cleansers for patients with urine incontinence in long-term care or hospital settings were identified. Given the limited availability and low quality of evidence, the effectiveness and use of perineal skin cleanser products for patients with urine incontinence remains uncertain.