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Skin & Wound Challenges in People of Color

Originally presented on December 4, 2014

Heather Hettrick PT, PhD, CWS, CLT
Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale Florida

Understanding ethnic skin variations is vital to the wound care practitioner.  Recognizing normal and abnormal dermatological variants unique to noncaucasian skin is important for early intervention, proper management and care planning.  This webinar will provide the learner with an understanding of thorough skin assessment relevant for pigmented skin, in addition to specific wound management considerations. 

Dr. Hettrick is a recognized Key Opinion Leader regarding topics surrounding integumentary dysfunction and she has clinical specialties in wound, burn and lymphedema management.

Learning Objectives
After viewing this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic physiology responsible for skin pigmentation
  • Recognize normal, common dermatological variations in black skin
  • Describe the appropriate methods to perform thorough skin/wound assessment in non-Caucasian skin
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of skin breakdown or pathology in non-Caucasian skin

This presentation is suitable for any health care professional interested in learning about assessing pressure ulcers in people of color.

Continuing Education Credits are expired for this activity. We encourage you to still take the evaluation as it helps towards planning future programs. Thank you!