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Skin Care and Pressure Ulcers

Dealey, Carol PhD, RGN

doi: 10.1097/

PURPOSE To familiarize wound care practitioners with current evidence related to skin care and pressure ulcer prevention.

TARGET AUDIENCE This continuing education activity is intended for healthcare professionals with an interest in wound care.

OBJECTIVES After reading this article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:

  1. Describe features of normal structure and function of the skin.
  2. Discuss the pathophysiology of pressure ulcers.
  3. Identify risk factors for skin breakdown.
  4. Discuss staging, prevention, and treatment of skin breakdown.

In this continuing education activity, the author reviews the current evidence related to skin care and pressure ulcer prevention.

Carol Dealey, PhD, RGN • Senior Research Fellow • University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust and University of Birmingham • Birmingham, United Kingdom

Dr Dealey has disclosed that she is a consultant/advisor for Ark Therapeutics. All staff in a position to control the content of this CME activity have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with, or financial interests in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

Lippincott CME Institute, Inc, has identified and resolved all faculty and staff conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.