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Common Skin Conditions in Wound Care:

Identification, Assessment, Etiology and Risk Factors

Understanding the risk factors and causes of skin breakdown in vulnerable patients enables health care professionals to develop individualized wound prevention protocols. This guide discusses wound etiology as it relates to clinical management, the importance and timing of skin care assessments for wound prevention, and risk assessment tools such as the Braden Scale and pressure mapping.


Skin Care Assessment and Prevention Strategies

Chenel Trevellini, RN, MSN, CWOCN

Skin care is an essential component of patient care. Managing and preventing skin complications in at-risk populations by addressing risk factors and promoting optimal skin health will support patient quality of life and outcomes.

This webinar was developed to address the professional practice issues related to basic skin care assessment and prevention strategies to optimize the skin health of patients across the health care continuum.

Quick Facts – Skin and Wound Care

Download Quick Facts – Skin and Wound Care and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on managing skin complications. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.

How Much Do You Know About Managing Skin Complications?

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Terms to know: Managing Skin Complications

Epidermis: the outer layer of the skin, which is the protective layer against the outside elements.

Epithelialization: the growth of the epidermis over a wound during the remodeling stage.

Granulation: condition occurring in a full-thickness wound where the growth of small vessels and connective tissue forms “scaffolding” as the wound rebuilds.


Maintaining Skin Integrity

The skin is the largest organ of our body, covering 18 square feet and weighing approximately 12 pounds. Despite positive characteristics, the skin is always susceptible to and at risk of injury and breakdown. Maintaining skin…

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Periwound Skin Management

Periwound skin management is just as important as wound bed preparation in wound healing. The goal is to maintain an optimal moist wound healing environment while preventing skin breakdown and infection. Skin is more vulnerable in…

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Managing Skin in At-Risk Populations

Those working with at-risk populations must be aware of how to address the skin care needs of our patients and prevent pressure ulcers and injuries. At-risk populations, such as older adults, persons who are incontinent, pediatric patients, immobile…

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Preventive Skin Care Strategies and Assessment of the Skin

There has been extensive research on how to prevent skin care–related skin breakdown, and most research agrees on a few main components. Eliminating skin contact with sweat, urine, and stool…

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Management of Skin Complications

Skin management is a broad category that includes periwound skin care, moisture management, and pressure injury prevention. Pediatric and older adult populations are most at risk for skin related complications, as are those with mobility issues and/or chronic disease processes.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, and as such, the opportunities for breakdown are numerous. Watch this brief overview video to learn more about skin management and the educational resources made available in the March Practice Accelerator portal on skin management and care

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