Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown
Course Code: CPD151
The Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown series of comprehensive, online, self-paced courses were developed by Nurse Educators and are designed to help different levels of caregivers understand their role in wound care and pressure ulcer treatment and prevention. The courses use interactive and engaging modules to explain concepts and reinforce the critical role communication plays in providing proper care. Participants will observe patient interactions and clinical care situations, and take assessments throughout the course to demonstrate learning.
This program was developed in conjunction with the Emerson Foundation.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services identified pressure wounds as one of the most common and costly clinical challenges facing the healthcare field. Maintaining healthy skin in patients is a responsibility shared by every level of health care provider. Wound care and pressure ulcer prevention requires an understanding of:
• Skin care and wound care basics
• Risk assessment standards
• Prevention care planning
• Patient care and safety needs
• Patient and family education
• Leadership and teamwork required to improve communication and lower the occurrence of wounds
The Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown program consists of three separate courses, each designed for a specific job level and function.
Part 1: CNA, PCA, and Home Health Aides
- This unit covers skin care basics and safe patient care for those at the first level of care.
- Observation: Identifying skin care issues
- Communication: Sharing what you see with other members of the health care team
- Family Communication: Helping the family understand the care provided
Part 2: LPN
- This unit takes a comprehensive look at pressure wounds, reasons for skin breakdown, and working with front line care-givers.
- Pressure Ulcers & Chronic Wounds: Risk factors for skin breakdown
- Clinical Decision Making: Organizing work and prioritizing patient needs
- Leadership: Delegation, supervision, and communication
Part 3: RN
- This unit focuses on wound care from both a clinical and management perspective.
- Pressure Ulcers & Chronic Wounds: Risk factors, the role of nutrition, trends and issues in wound care
- Clinical Decision Making: Nurse responsibilities, ethics, research and documentation, standards of practice, delegation, legal standards, OSHA policies, patient rights and your role as a leader
- Management Training: Communication and business etiquette, team building, conflict management, advocating for the patient, understanding the chain of command and communicating with physicians
REGISTERING YOUR STAFF
Healthcare providers and institutions may purchase a block of corporate license access codes for the Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown program. Employees will be able use individually-assigned access codes to register for the program, allowing the organization to monitor staff training.
The license price is determined by the number of individual users (employees) who will be enrolling in the program. Each code provides access to all three courses within the series. The organization will be able to purchase additional access codes as needed.
Please contact the Center for Professional Development for information on pricing and purchasing access codes for your organization.