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Announcing our next Education Series Webinar: Pressure Injuries – Disparity for Patients with Dark Skin Tones

dark skin toned female nurse showing dark skinned toned male patient the Provizio SEM scanner

Presenter – Professor Barbara Bates-Jensen
Wednesday 19th May – 17.00 UK | 9.00 PST | 11.00 CST | 12.00 EST

Despite Skin & Tissue Assessments being one of the good practice statements in the 2019 Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG)1 as a means of assessing patients’ skin for potential pressure damage, it is regarded as subjective and has questions around reliability and validity.2
In dark skin toned patients there is a greater amount of difficulty associated with this method of assessment as the evidence suggests that Category/Stage 1 damage is often undetected due to the complexity of not recognising/observing the redness in darker skin tones.1

This together with the inability to recognise heat, oedema and changes to the skin texture and consistency lead to challenges in the early identification of pressure injuries/ulcers.

The webinar, will take you through this in detail by discussing and explaining the contributing factors and reasons behind the challenge of preventing pressure damage in dark skin toned patients.

Our speaker on the day will be Barbara Bates-Jensen (shown left), Professor of Nursing and Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research is focused on improving pressure injury and related wound care using technology and methods of translating research into practice in nursing homes and other health care settings. The National Institute for Nursing Research has funded her research evaluating a non-visual method of detecting early pressure injuries using a device that measures skin and tissue water or subepidermal moisture in nursing home residents.

To register, visit:

1. European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline. The International Guideline. Emily Hasler Ed. EPUAP/NPIAP/PPPIA:2019
2.Moore ZEH, Patton D. Risk assessment tools for the prevention of pressure ulcers. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD006471. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006471.pub4.