Skin Injury in the NICU - Two risk factors that you'd never guess

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Neonatal skin injuries occur in up to 57% of infants less than 32 weeks gestation; and some studies suggest that up to one-third of infants in the NICU will suffer from pressure injuries.  Unfortunately, technological advances have not reduced or eliminated the occurrence of skin injuries, and in some instances these same life-saving technologies actually increase an infant's risk.

In this webinar, Media Esser, a certified wound nurse, a full-time NNP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a PhD student with a research interest in neonatal skin, will share the latest in skin research, review the current incidence of NICU skin injuries, and reveal two surprising risk factors that are often over-looked in the NICU.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1

    Compare the occurrence of diaper dermatitis with other common skin injuries in NICU infants.

  • 2

    List two risk factors for diaper dermatitis that are different in term vs preterm infants in the NICU.

Media Esser, RN, MSN, NNP-BC

Media has over 15 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. She also serves on the Huggies Nursing Advisory Council since 2015 and has spoken nationally on  Every Change Matters™: A Guide to Developmental Diapering Care. She has published two articles related to neonatal skin care in 2016 and 2017.

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 working on a Nursing PhD at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and became certified as a Wound Nurse in 2017. Her research focus is on neonatal skin injuries specifically diaper dermatitis in the NICU.

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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.