Skin is one thing we all have in common. It’s the identity we share with the world. It’s also a guide that can inform assessment and influence care. When we start with skin, we make a different commitment to the people we serve – one that considers health from the outside in, not just the inside out. It’s time to look beyond the surface of skin. To treat it differently. It’s time to think skin deeper.
What would happen if we thought about skin differently? How can skin be your secret superpower in care? Explore these questions and more during our new multi-part webinar series on the science of skin management.
Through the 3M℠ Health Care Academy, you can register for free monthly webinars covering a wide-array of topics relevant to your clinical practice. Register for upcoming webinars, and access archives from recently conducted events.
View past webinars from the series that explore the science of skin in more depth, including topics such as safe securement to skin, maintaining skin integrity, repairing injured skin and helping prevent infection.
Skin is a window to who we are as people. As the largest organ in the body, skin is critical to the maintenance of our bodies and health. When it’s damaged, skin can negatively impact our psychological and physical health. Hear as Patrick Parks, MD, PhD, and Matthew Cooper, MD, explore elevating the importance of skin when delivering care.
Throughout care settings, there is a perception that “tape is tape” – that there isn’t much to it. If it sticks and does its job, there really isn’t a need for more understanding, right? Actually, there is much more to medical tape than you may think. Denise Ziemann RN, BSN, and Kimberly Schommer RN, BSN, VA-BC, breakdown how a novel approach to thinking about medical tape can help reduce complications, provide insight into factors that influence appropriate tape selection and translate to improved patient, clinical and financial outcomes.
Even with structured programs, early intervention and better reporting, some facilities still struggle with pressure injury (PI) prevention - but why? Jessica Pehrson, RN, MSN, CWS, answers that question by outlining common areas where PI diagnosis, treatment and prevention often come up short despite the latest global efforts to determine root causes and expanding clinical recommendations for assessment and management. She also shares practical tips - from education and training to product selection - that may help reduce the risk of PI in your facility.
This new report examines some of the most serious threats facing skin and provides insights into these essential care objectives:
When the skin around her stoma became so painful and irritated she was ready to give up, this patient became her own advocate and discovered a 3M barrier film that “changed her life”.
See how highly trained people, industry standards and evidence-based technology can help support an effective vascular access infection prevention program.
Learn about the challenges and appropriate questions that need to be addressed when selecting an adhesive for the skin to allow for successful device securement.
Discover how the University of Chicago Medicine’s skin integrity program was able to reduce pressure ulcers/injuries by a remarkable 83%.
Exposure over time to factors such as irritants, moisture, friction, shear and adhesives can lead to skin breakdown and damage – that can influence care costs and facility resources. Learn how 3M can help you protect skin from damage and maintain its integrity.
The medical adhesives you select, as well as how you apply and remove them, can have a serious impact on clinical outcomes, cost targets and patient care. Find out how 3M can help you provide skin-safe securement when choosing and using medical adhesives.
Caring for injured skin is most definitely a science, but it’s also an art – requiring specialized training and expertise as well as instinct and intuition. Discover how 3M’s solutions and support can help you provide the best possible care for injured skin.
Despite hard work to reduce incidents, healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) continue to be a serious problem. Properly deployed antimicrobial solutions and a streamlined post-operative care process offer another line of defense against HAIs. Find out how 3M can help you reduce the risk of infection on or under the skin.
1Farris, MK, Petty M, Hamilton J, Walters SA, Flynn MA. Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury Prevalence Among Adult Acute Care Patients: A Single-Center Observational Study. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing (2015) 42(6): 589-598.
2CDC Vital Signs. Making Healthcare Safer: Reducing bloodstream infections. March 2011.
3Sen CK, Gordillo GM, Roy S, Kirsner R, Lambert L, Hunt TK,Gottrup F, Gurtner GC, Longaker MT. Human Skin Wounds: A Major and Snowballing Threat to Public Health and the Economy. Wound Repair Regen. (2009); 17(6): 763–771.