Protecting the Barrier: Minimize Critical Risk Factors to Prevent Hospital Acquired Skin Injury
Kathleen Vollman
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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the strategies to determine patients at risk for skin injury.
  • Outline evidence based prevention strategies for incontinence–associated dermatitis , friction reduction and pressure ulcer prevention.
  • Describe key care process or program components leading to a successful reduction of skin injury in the ICU.

Continuing Education Information

This test is FREE to both member and nonmember CE customers
CE ID: NTI1311
Total Contact Hours: 1.00
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 6/1/2016


The skin is the first line of defense against invading organisms but often receives a low priority status when caring for patients in the ICU’s high-tech environment. With a greater clarification of pressure ulcer definitions and a deeper understanding of the impact of friction and the distinction of injuries related to moisture versus pressure, the nurse has a better opportunity to target each critical risk factor with the correct intervention. The rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers has decreased because nurses are working together to make a difference. This session initially focuses on defining the types of skin injury and the nurse’s ability to recognize and label the injury appropriately.

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