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Assessment of Skin of Color


Dr. Kathleen Francis has been a registered nurse for over 30 years with a variety of experiences, including acute care, perioperative care, critical care, long-term care, home health care nursing, and wound ostomy continence nursing. She has been a board-certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN) since 2008, and she has presented at various conferences and has numerous poster and journal publications. She is currently employed at NYU Langone Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York as an NP in the Wound Ostomy Service. She completed her DNP project, Differentiating Incontinence Associated Dermatitis vs. Pressure Ulcers in Patients with Dark Skin Tones, in 2016. She is active in the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Society, by having served on numerous committees, as well as on the NYC Metro WOCN board since 2008. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Health care professionals will be caring for an increasingly diverse population of many ethnic backgrounds and skin colors. Skin color is particularly important in detecting cyanosis and staging pressure injuries. To provide high-quality care for skin of color, the body of knowledge pertaining to appropriate methods for assessing skin of color across the entire continuum must increase. This session will provide practical recommendations for assessing skin of color.