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Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of the Science: Consensus Statements for the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Adhesive-related Skin Injuries

Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of the Science: Consensus Statements for the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Adhesive-related Skin Injuries

1.5 CE hours
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Skin injury related to medical adhesive use is a prevalent but under-recognized complication that occurs across all care settings and among all age groups. If proper technique for application and/or removal of adhesive products is not used, tissue trauma can occur, impacting patient safety and quality of life and increasing healthcare costs.
As little guidance exists in the literature regarding medical adhesive use, a consensus panel of 23 recognized key opinion leaders convened to establish consensus statements on the assessment, prevention, and treatment of Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injury (MARSI). The consensus summit was held in December 2012 and was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from 3M. This session will be provided by three of the consensus conference participants and will include some of the definitions, statements and research priorities reached by the panel.
In this course, you will learn how minor changes in your practice can have a large impact on patient safety and skin integrity.

Note: The CE offering will be through the California Board of Nursing


Nurses that use medical adhesives in their daily use

Contact hour: 

1 hour   


Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN, GNP, CWOCN
Laurie McNichol is a Master’s prepared, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and a certified WOC nurse. She has specialized in the field of wound, ostomy and continence care nursing for 25 years; she has worked both in acute care and as an administrator in home health. Laurie was the President of the WOCNCB and later served as the President of the WOCN® from 2001-2005. She was elected to the NPUAP Board of Directors in 2007 and also served as their President. In 2014, she was appointed to the Advisory Board on behalf of the AAWC.  She is published and a well-known lecturer on wound care and professional practice.

Carolyn Watts, MSN, RN, CWON
Carolyn Watts has been an advanced practice nurse for over 30 years and WOCNCB certified for over 25 years. She has done presentations nationally and internationally on various wound, ostomy and professional practice topics as well as publishing and participating in research. She teaches in both the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at Vanderbilt University in addition to a busy clinical practice. Carolyn has been actively involved in the WOCN® Society for over 20 years and is currently serving as Treasurer.

Ruth Bryant, MS, RN, CWOCN
Ruth has been a leader in WOC nursing as a writer, speaker, director of WOC nursing education programs, and Past President of the WOCN. In 1988 she wrote an article on tape injuries that was published in AJN. More recently she is the co-editor of Acute and Chronic Wound Management, which is in its 4th edition. Currently Ruth is a PhD student in the College of Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane, WA and also Wound/Ostomy Nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Learning Objectives: 

- Identify patients at risk for medical adhesives related skin injuries
- Articulate methods to increase patient safety when using medical adhesives 

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