Title :Oncology Aesthetics Dermatology
Author : Dr.Sergio Noviello
Specialists working with health challenged patients must be committed to disinfection, sanitation, and infection control practices in the clinic or any place of work when providing cosmetic medical treatments, including hospitals, cancer centers, and integrative oncology facilities.
Patients living with cancer can have a weakened immune system due to anti-cancer drug therapies or cancer itself, and are extremely vulnerable to contagious diseases, such as herpes, flu, pneumonia or even bacteriafrom their own skin. Their weak immune systems cannot handle the potential aggressors brought on by poor infection and sanitation control practices.
Patients with cancer or who are in remission must also be taught how to take care of their skin and how to minimize the spread of bacteria. In addition, they need products to help restore and heal their skin.
Most Provincial and State Boards of Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery have established health and safety regulations listed on their websites regarding disinfection and sanitation. These Standards must be used as a basis for safety, disinfection and sanitation.
Every patient with cancer runs a high risk of catching some sort of infection, as cancer and the therapies used to fight it affect the immune system defenses that normally keep infections at bay.
The clinical course of an infection, the treatment needed to cure it, and the ultimate outcome all depend not only on the location of the infectionin the body, but also on the specific type of organism causing the infection.
Infections pose a serious threat to patients with cancer during periods of severe immune suppression. Signs and symptoms of infection must be carefully monitored in the event treatment for it can be administered as quickly as posible.
Three ways that potential infectious agents can be administered in the medical office or clinic include: direct exposure (surfaces), direct contact (skin to skin), vehicle-born (contaminated equipment, implements and linen). Potential routes of exposure during cosmetic medical treatments occur from: broken skin, abrasions, acne, Herpes simplex, infectious deseases, microdermabrasion, LASER treatments, Energy Based Devices (Ultrasound, Radiofrequency, Shock Wave, Intense Pulsed Light), fillers or Botox injections.
The Spaulding Classification for Medical Devices and Levels of Disinfection categorizes medical devices into three categories. Critical includes items that penetrate the skin or mucous membranes (i.e. needles, surgical instruments, lancets). Semi-critical items include objects that do not penetrate but which come into contact with the skin or mucous membranes (i.e. LASER, EBD, IPL probes, dermabrasion handle). Non-critical includes items that may come into contact with, but never penetrate, the skin or mucous membranes (i.e. workstations, chairs, beds, towels, slippers, patient eye shields and magnifying lamps).
Skin Care Products
Reading labels and recommending Clean Formulas is necessary for thr proper treatment of any person with compromised skin. We do not want to be recommending skin care products with harmful or irritating or worst of all carcinogenic ingredients, especially when your patinets is in a fight to get rid of cancer.
Good, effective ingredients in skin care products do exist. They can make a difference in the patient’s skin and are worth knowing about when dealing with skins compromised through cancer treatment. There is definetely a need for protective, nourishing ingredients in skin care products during cancer treatment. Good ingredients for compromised skins during cancer treatment and recovery would be considered anti-inflammatory, protective, hydrating, and moisturizing.
Bad harmful and/or irritating ingredients in skin care products are unfortunately plentiful. Many patients spend a lot of money on skin care products without any thought about the components that make up those products. There are thousands of ingredients on the market available to manufacturers of skin care products, and though many are known to be harmful, or irritating to the skin, it does not tend to stop their incorporation into the development of new trendy products. Bad Ingredients for compromised skins during cancer treatment and recovery would be considered irritating, toxic, and carcinogenic.