The nursing staff at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, N.Y., participated in a healthy skin management workshop called Think Pink for Skin Integrity! More than 200 participants attended the daylong event.
RNs, CNAs, LPNs, medical residents and staff from the Hopfer School of Nursing and the Schaffer Extended Care Center visited the learning stations to review new approaches to patient skin care.
Nursing administration worked tirelessly to offer all aspects of patient skin care. The educational event included products provided by SSMC vendors that help safeguard skin well-being. Not only did the participants have an opportunity to review best practices, but the comfortable, hands-on demonstrations encouraged questions and answers.Ellen Henson, who works for Sundance, instructs nurses on the use of fluidized positioners.
Those vital to the success of this event include Director of Quality Improvement Rochelle Harju, RN, MSN; staff educators and RNs Camille Drago, Susan McLeer and Melissa Kingston; dietitian Shoshana Epstein; Pain Management Nurse Practitioner Roseanne Indelicato and Wound Care/Ostomy Nurse Specialist Ginny Conicelli.
Those attending were presented the latest in pain management, pressure ulcer risk and skin assessment, moisture management, repositioning in the bed and in the chair, optimizing nutrition, pressure ulcer assessment and management, negative pressure wound therapy and ostomy management.
Representatives from Medline, KCI, Hill-Rom, Sundance and Hollister were present to lend their expertise. From Hill-Roms most advanced patient beds designed to reduce pressure and provide comfort to Sundances fluidized technology that helps position a patient for added comfort while relieving pressure, SSMC staff explored new approaches that put patients first.