The first part of the webinar, titled 'Impact Of Diversity In Pressure Ulcer Diagnosis Across Different Skin Tones' provides a compelling exploration of a critical aspect of pressure ulcer care - the impact of diversity in diagnosis across varying skin tones. Pressure ulcers remain a major challenge for health care providers and their accurate assessment is of paramount importance. This presentation addresses the complicated relationship between diverse skin tones and pressure ulcer diagnosis and seeks to uncover potential disparities and solutions for equitable healthcare.
By focusing on the intersection of skin tone diversity and pressure ulcer diagnosis, the presentation aims to unravel the nuances that can hinder or promote accurate detection across different ethnic backgrounds. Varied levels of melanin and distinct tissue characteristics influence the appearance of pressure ulcers and can lead to diagnostic discrepancies. This presentation uses a multidisciplinary approach that brings together insights from clinical practice, research, and technological advances to unravel the complexity of skin tone variations in pressure ulcer diagnosis.
It addresses both challenges and opportunities and emphasises the need for inclusive and culturally sensitive diagnostic practice. This presentation is consistent with the overarching goals of advancing pressure ulcer prevention and management through interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based practices. The presentation provides a platform for healthcare professionals, researchers, and stakeholders to engage in a stimulating dialogue about the importance of diversity in the diagnosis of pressure ulcers. By promoting a deeper understanding of the impact of different skin tones, the presentation contributes to the pursuit of equitable care and ensures that pressure ulcer diagnosis remains effective regardless of variations in skin pigmentation.
The second session is kindly sponsored by ConvaTec, on how pressure ulcers incur unsurmountable cost to all aspects of healthcare. They are painful, debilitating and can have a lifelong impact on patients’ physical, psychological and social well-being. Many pressure ulcers remain unhealed for more than 12 months with complex challenges faced daily by healthcare workers, carers and families. Furthermore, the greater the severity of pressure damage, the greater the risk of wound infection, osteomyelitis and sepsis.
This session will briefly cover the impact of patients living with pressure ulcers, the holistic assessment of patients’ needs, preventative strategies and more specifically, where ulceration has occurred, how deterioration can be prevented and how healing can be promoted following the four simple steps of Wound Hygiene.