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Aide Skills: Changes in Skin

presented by Amy Shortall-Cardillo, MSN, RN, COS-C, WCC

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Financial: Amy Shortall-Cardillo is an employee at Concordia Visiting Nurses. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Skin is the largest organ of the body and has several critical functions. These functions help to maintain the health of the body, so maintaining skin integrity is of paramount importance. Skin integrity refers to skin health, and an issue with integrity may mean that skin is damaged, vulnerable to injury, or unable to heal normally. This course reviews the purpose of the skin, what skin issues can be found in the home health population, when and what to report in regard to skin integrity, and how to prevent further breakdown. Identifying skin issues, reporting them immediately, and helping to prevent further issues are important skills for the home health aide to master.

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Amy Shortall-Cardillo, MSN, RN, COS-C, WCC

Amy Shortall-Cardillo is the director of compliance and education at Concordia Community Support Services in Cabot, Pennsylvania. In this role, she is responsible for the quality, compliance, and education programs for multiple home health, hospice, and private duty agencies. Amy ensures that each agency is working effectively toward achieving agency goals in accordance with the…

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1. Concepts of Changes in Skin Condition

This chapter describes various skin conditions that can develop in a home health patient and how or when to report the findings.

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