Pressure injuries are a significant health threat. It has been estimated that 2.5 million patients in the United States develop one or more pressure injuries and as many as 60,000 of these individuals die from the resulting complications each year. Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) also negatively impacts skin integrity and function and is often misdiagnosed as pressure-related damage. In order to properly care for patients and initiate appropriate interventions, nurses must be able to differentiate IAD from pressure injuries. This activity will provide learners with the knowledge they need to successfully and accurately identify IAD and pressure injuries. Specifically, this activity will focus on normal skin anatomy, the impact of moisture and pressure on skin integrity, and the characteristics of IAD and pressure injuries. Interactive reviews and scenarios will be used to allow learners to apply their understanding of IAD and pressure injury identification to patient care.
As a result of completing this continuing nursing education activity, nurses will be able to identify the impact of moisture and pressure on normal skin integrity and function and distinguish incontinence-associated dermatitis from other types of moisture-associated skin damage and pressure injury.
This continuing education activity is for nurses who would like more information about moisture-associated skin damage and how to distinguish moisture-associated skin damage from pressure injury.