Geriatric Skin and Wound Care: Prevention Strategies, Current Treatments & Less Litigation Risk
Owing to longer lifespans and aging baby boomers, the U.S. population of those 65 or older will double in the next 25 years. As if wound care has not been critical to well understand before, it is going to become even more essential that your delivery of this complex care is at its absolute best.
Skin and wound care becomes more challenging in the elderly due largely to functional changes and chronic diseases that accompany aging, contributing to senescence. Conditions such as photoaging, skin tears, chronic or hard to heal wounds, pressure injuries, incontinence associated dermatitis, malnutrition, and the frailties that accompany dementia and end of life issues require that healthcare practitioners have the knowledge to meet this challenge. This course will do just that! Learn how to identify emerging skin issues quickly and initiate the current best plan for healing. Move forward with improved confidence in your skin and wound assessments and treatments, meeting standards of care with less litigation risk.
Heidi Huddleston Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWON®, is a board-certified Wound and Ostomy Nurse and a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has extensive experience caring for wound and ostomy patients in acute care and long-term care. Currently, Heidi is employed by a surgical group providing consultation for nursing homes and has her own independent practice as an expert witness for plaintiff and defense attorneys. She has contributed in numerous ways to her specialty, including serving as chair of the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board examination committee, co-chair of the Wound and Ostomy Nurses Society National Conference Planning Committee ostomy track, and peer review for the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN).
Financial: Heidi Cross has an employment relationship with CNY Surgical Physicians and receives a speaking honorarium from WoundZoom and Abbott Nutrition. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations has been mitigated.
Non-financial: Heidi Cross is a member of the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society; the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care; the American Nurses Association; the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.