Preventing Skin Injuries in the Perioperative Setting

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At this year’s AORN Surgical Conference & Expo, Medline will be offering two courses for the very first time at booth 2702. Since there is a major focus on the perioperative department being a high risk area for developing skin injuries, we want to address the problem head on through awareness and our “Prevention of Skin and Deep Tissue Injury in the Perioperative Department” course, which will be available at Medline University

“The nurses in this area have a wonderful opportunity to expand their assessment and risk evaluation skills by utilizing tools that are adapted specifically to this area,” says course author Sydney Nye, MBA, BSN, RN, director of marketing, Medline. “The tools, which will be discussed in this specific course, will allow the nurse to capture the patient’s risks and develop a plan of care to help prevent painful and debilitating skin injuries from occurring in the perioperative setting.”

Why is continued education so important for this group? One major reason, Medicare. Medicare previously enacted a no-pay policy for any hospital-acquired skin injuries.

“Medicare has an opportunity to withhold expected revenue payments to hospital’s utilizing value-based purchasing,” says Nye. “The patient’s outcomes will impact the opportunity for the hospital to receive their full revenue expectations.”

Here is a quick synopsis of the education and takeaways you can expect to receive at Medline’s “Prevention of Skin and Deep Tissue Injury in the Perioperative Department” course at booth 2702. Let’s work together to offer better skin care and health for patients, and avoid being affected by Medicare’s policy.

Course Overview

Perioperative nurses have a critical responsibility to prevent moisture associated skin damage, pressure ulcers and skin tears in the pre-operative area. In-depth assessments should take place pre-operatively and continue at discharge from the operative area.

What will be presented?

  • Tools used to assess the patient’s skin.
  • The perioperative risk factors for skin and deep tissue injuries.
  • A comprehensive list of risks and how they are identified by stages of care.
  • The various intraoperative patient positions and how to identify the corresponding vulnerable anatomy sites.
  • Intervention strategies that the nurse should incorporate into the care.

What are the objectives?

After completing this continuing nursing education activity, you will be able to:

  1. Define MASD, pressure ulcer and skin tears.
  2. Describe tools used to assess the patient’s skin and evaluate the risks of developing a skin injury during their perioperative care.
  3. Define patient’s risk factors associated with skin injuries in the perioperative setting.
  4. Discuss how MASD, pressure ulcers and skin tears are influenced by the surgical procedure.
  5. Identify evidence-based interventions to help prevent skin injury from occurring in the surgical patients.

Have your team stop by booth 2702 to take part in this exciting activity and learning experience. To learn more about when this course is available, and what our second surprise course will offer, continue exploring here.


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