Skin Injuries in the NICU

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    Since neonatal skin is so fragile and immature, we have come to accept, and practically expect that every infant in the NICU will experience some skin irritation, breakdown or injury during their hospitalization. For these very reasons, clinical projects aimed at assessing, documenting, tracking and preventing skin injury is of up most importance.
    In this one-hour webinar, Media Esser, will share with us the reasons why neonatal skin is at such increased risk for injury, what types of injuries are the most common, and will share practical strategies to prevent injuries and a few innovative techniques for managing them.

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    Learning Objectives:

    1. List two reasons why neonatal skin is at high risk for injury
    2. Describe at least two strategies for preventing and managing neonatal skin injuries

Media Esser, RN, MSN, NNP-BC

Media has over 10 years of experience caring for neonatal patients in hospitals, with a particular interest in building awareness of the importance of neonatal skin care. In 2012 and 2013, she was nominated for the Nurse Excellence Award at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and she has also served as President of the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of NANN. She also completed the Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy, supported by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) nursing honor society.

Media has presented on skin care nationally, including at the 2014 NANN Conference where she presented two Poster Presentations: Neonatal Skin Care with a Focus on Diaper Dermatitis: Creating and Implementing a Successful Policy Revision, and That Poor Little Bum! The Trials and Tribulations of Diaper Dermatitis.

Media earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Alverno College and a Master of Science in nursing from Stony Brook University. She is currently a working on a Nursing PhD at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and just completed coursework for wound and ostomy certification with Web WOCN.

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This presentation has been approved for 1 contact hour of nursing continuing education by gRN NICU Consulting, Inc - CA BRN CEP #15417.

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