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ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THEINTEGUMENTARY SYSTEMKnowledge of the basic anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system andunderstanding the role of this system in the body provides a foundation for assessmentand for planning and implementing interventions to promote optimal skin integrity.This knowledge also helps nurses understand, interpret, and analyze assessmentfindings, and provides the rationale for sound nursing interventions.Structures of the SkinThe skin, or integument, is the largest organ of the body and has multiple functions.The skin covers the entire body and is continuous with mucous membranes at normalbody orifices. It is essential for maintaining life.The integumentary system is made up of the skin, the subcutaneous layer directlyunder the skin, and the appendages of the skin, including glands in the skin, hair, andnails. The integumentary system also includes the blood vessels, nerves, and sensoryorgans of the skin.
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Nursing, subcutaneous layer, optimal skin integrity

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