An Interactive Approach to Skin and Wound Care Education

Authors: Jessica Margwarth, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, and Michael Liwanag, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Members: Trina Cousins, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Agnieszka Hedberg, BSN, RN, CSMRN; Slawomir Spyrka, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Margaret Sweeney, BSN, RN; Samantha Orozco, BSN, RN; Emily Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Laura Gregory, BSN, RN; and Amanda Martines, PCT
Members: Trina Cousins, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Agnieszka Hedberg, BSN, RN, CSMRN; Slawomir Spyrka, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Margaret Sweeney, BSN, RN; Samantha Orozco, BSN, RN; Emily Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Laura Gregory, BSN, RN; and Amanda Martines, PCT

The 7 South Skin Committee held an interactive workshop to help meet 7 South Atrium’s goal for FY21 of focusing on efforts to prevent unit-acquired pressure injuries.

The one-hour workshop, led by different members of the committee, was held over a week in February 2021 and was attended by 46 RNs and 18 PCTs/NAs. The workshop consisted of didactic, hands-on training, multiple-choice games and case studies to appeal to different learning styles. The session included staging pressure ulcers, education about available skin care products, properly turning and repositioning patients, measuring pressure injuries and reviewing and applying the Braden scale.

A pre- and post-survey was conducted to measure the impact of the workshop. The survey included three statements requiring a response on a five-point Likert scale along with three knowledge-based questions. After the workshop, all of the RNs agreed or strongly agreed that they were confident in accurately measuring wounds and confident in their ability to accurately identify pressure injuries, while 96% felt confident in their ability to accurately stage pressure injuries.

The workshop was well received by the 7 South Atrium nursing staff. Its use of different learning techniques helped create a fun learning environment.

The personnel at 7 South Atrium ended the fiscal year without any hospital-acquired pressure injuries, identified by wound prevalence days for six consecutive quarters, including all of FY2021, thus meeting the unit-based goal.

The unit-based skin committee has identified an annual workshop as a best practice for meeting the unit’s needs as well as providing high-quality patient care. Further discussion within the committee determined a need to provide basic skin and wound education to new hires within their first three months in the unit. The team plans to hold another annual workshop and intermittent education for new hires in 2022.

Identifying pressure injuries

Measuring wounds

Staging pressure injuries