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The Skin Breakdown Problem is a Course

The Skin Breakdown Problem

1 credit

$10 Enroll

Full course description

Course Description:

This course provides insight into the scope of the skin breakdown problem and into current issues related to skin breakdown, including terminology issues, legal issues, and cost issues.  General guidelines for conducting prevalence and incidence studies are also provided.

This course has been created by Emory’s Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Center (WOCNEC). Accredited since 1976, Emory WOCNEC provides nursing education related to acute and chronic wounds, fecal and urinary diversions, and fecal and urinary incontinence.


  1. Explain why “pressure injury” is an inappropriate “umbrella term” for the various types of skin breakdown.
  2. Identify the current recommended term for skin breakdown caused by pressure.
  3. Differentiate between “prevalence” and “incidence” and identify the process for conducting each type of study.
  4. Explain the importance of accurate assessment and documentation of actual or impending skin breakdown and the term “POA”.
  5. Identify the wound care nurse’s responsibilities in setting up a program that assures appropriate preventive care and protects the agency from lawsuits related to skin breakdown.
  6. Discuss ethical issues related to maintenance of skin integrity vs. maintenance of comfort in the terminally ill patient.
  7. Explain the role of NPUAP and WOCN in educational and regulatory activities related to skin breakdown.

Contact Hours:

Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded 1 contact hour by ENPDC.

Participants in this course will also earn a digital badge that can be used on their social media channels.

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