One hospital’s approach to skin and wound care education is so comprehensive that it extends to its transport and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
The Skin Integrity Team (SIT) at Penn Medicine at Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro, New Jersey, provides ongoing education to EMTs and others via skills fairs, HealthStream self-learning modules, in-servicing, lunch-and-learn events and community education. The SIT is composed of members from nursing, respiratory, dietary, environmental, transportation and physicians.
The result? The rate of Stage 1 ambulance-related pressure injuries dropped from 18 percent to less than 1 percent over a four-month period, Dina Kenyon, BSN, RN, CEN, WCC, an emergency department (ED) nurse told attendees at the Wild on Wound Conference in Las Vegas in September.