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Advanced Pressure Injury Course: Strategies for Prevention, Assessment & Treatment
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Pressure injury prevention, assessment and treatment. This is such complex and specialized care to provide to patients. There are co-morbidities to consider, rising costs, ever changing regulations and increased scrutiny. Do you feel confident you are up-to-date on the latest evidence that should be guiding your pressure injury decision making?

Prevention
As a frontline health care provider, you play a critical role in preventing pressure injuries from ever occurring - or not developing again. This course will provide you with the most need-to-know knowledge to effectively achieve your goals in a cost effective and evidence-based manner. Discussion will focus on the best in pressure injury prevention, including: risk factor reduction, standards of care, root cause analysis, support surface options, nutritional factors and repositioning frequency.

Assessment
Once a pressure injury develops, it is critical that it is promptly identified and assessed so proper treatment can begin. Rest assured….you will get everything you need to know when it comes to pressure injury staging, recognition of wound infection, avoidable vs. unavoidable wounds and the ability to differentiate pressure injuries from moisture associated skin breakdown.

Treatment
Once a pressure injury has been thoroughly assessed, the appropriate treatment plan needs to be implemented as quickly as possible to avoid deterioration and complications. You will take away the best knowledge and insights in pressure injury treatment, to include: wound bed preparation, debridement options, the newest product selection options hitting the market, cost-effective considerations, and when antimicrobial dressings should be used.

In addition to all the clinical insights to be gained, valuable documentation tips will be shared so that going forward you appropriately reflect your practice, protect your license, and avoid legal risks. You are guaranteed to increase your confidence, effectiveness, and career opportunities with this course recording on Pressure Ulcers. 

Heidi Huddleston Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWOCN

Heidi Huddleston Cross is currently a Nurse Practitioner in wound and ostomy care at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and as a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse (CWOCN). Heidi has extensive experience in outpatient wound care, and serves as a consultant for long-term care facilities.
Heidi is a member of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™, and traveled to Russia with the WOCN as part of the People to People Ambassador program. She is and has been a participant or chair of multiple national committees related to wound and ostomy care, including chair of the WOCN Certification Board exam committee, and the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel guidelines committee. She is active with the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA), having spoken at regional and national conferences. In 2008, she received the UOAA Ostomy Nurse of the Year award and, in 2011, the Convatec Great Comebacks Nurse of the Year award. She is published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, as well as in the Journal of Wound Technology, and has done legal case review as an expert witness in wound care.
Heidi is a sought-after speaker, and is passionate about wound and ostomy care. She loves to teach healthcare professionals with the goal of bringing knowledge about this topic to a new level, incorporating evidence-based practice. In this small way, Heidi hopes to improve care for wound and ostomy patients nationwide.
Disclosures:
Financial: Heidi H. Cross is receiving a fee for speaking at this educational activity.
Nonfinancial: Heidi H. Cross has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


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