Mayo Clinic Talks COVID-19 Miniseries Episode 68: Skin Integrity in Patients with COVID-19

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Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast #227

COVID-19 Miniseries Episode 68: Skin Integrity in Patients with COVID-19

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Recorded January, 2021

For the most up to date information visit:
CDC - Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization's Country & Technical Guidance - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
AskMayoExpert COVID-19 Navigator
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Guest: Jennifer L. Elmer, APRN, CNS, D.N.P.
Guest: Brianna M. Skrukrud, APRN, C.N.P.
Host:  Amit K. Ghosh, M.D.


Pressure injuries in bedridden patients present significant challenges, which are compounded in the patient with a COVID-19 diagnosis. In this episode we discuss the problems encountered in preventing, diagnosing, and managing skin alterations in patients with COVID-19. Jennifer L. Elmer, APRN, CNS, D.N.P. and Brianna M. Skrukrud, APRN, C.N.P., two wound care experts at Mayo Clinic, discuss situations in which, despite best efforts, pressure injuries are unavoidable and why COVID-19 poses a great risk for skin alterations in hospitalized patients. They also discuss the 2020 position statement of National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) on the management of skin alterations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Additional resources:
•    Unavoidable Pressure Injury during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Position Paper from the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel
•    Skin Manifestations with COVID-19: The Purple Skin and Toes that you are seeing may not be Deep Tissue Pressure Injury

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