Assessing Skin Integrity

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Lecture Overview

Assessment of an older adult’s skin integrity is of the utmost importance in preventing skin breakdown. Starting with a review of what occurs to skin integrity across the lifespan, this session will bring you up to speed on how skin structure and function changes in older adults and how to perform and document a skin integrity assessment.


Portrait of Melinda Brooks
Melinda Brooks

Melinda Brooks has worked in wound management for more than 20 years in a variety of settings from the Victorian Adult Burns Unit to community nursing to research and lecturing in wound care at both Monash and Latrobe Universities. Melinda works in private practice as a nurse practitioner in wound management, following her endorsement in 2013. Her work is mainly in aged care and the community, providing consultancy and education. In 2016, Melinda and two colleagues began 'Wounds R Us' – a collaboration that provides wound management education to clinicians around Melbourne. Melinda has presented at many state and national conferences and thrives on teaching others about the importance of holistic wound management. Melinda is currently a member of the Wounds Australia Education Pillar and committee member of the Wounds Australia national conference 2018. See Educator Profile