Perspectives on Prevention: The Pediatric and Neonatal Environments - CNE 1.5 Contact Hour(s)

09-24-2018 15:27


This course focuses on the prevention of hospital-acquired pressure injury in the neonatal and pediatric populations. Risk factors are discussed as well as challenges to prevention such as immobility, medical devices, moisture and protecting the heel / occiput. Evidence-based preventive interventions are presented as are the essential components of successful pressure injury prevention programs. Minimizing skin injury from epidermal stripping and maximizing wound healing are also discussed.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to: 

With regard to pediatric and neonatal populations:
• Discuss the physiology and impact of hospital-acquired pressure injuries/ulcers (HAPU)
• Recognize the risk factors and explain the key role of risk and skin assessment in preventing HAPU
• Identify challenging issues and evidence-based interventions for immobility-related, medical device-related and heel pressure injuries
• Differentiate the types of damage to skin caused by exposure to excess moisture versus damage caused by pressure and shear and identify preventive measures to prevent both types of skin damage
• Describe 5 characteristics of successful pressure ulcer prevention programs (PUPPs) for children
• Identify ways to prevent or minimize skin injury in hospitalized children related to:
                   o Wound healing
                   o Epidermal stripping injuries
                   o Care of postoperative incisions to prevent infection and blistering

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