Understanding the risk factors
These three types of skin injuries are common among patients who are bedridden, incontinent, or have fragile skin, and can have serious consequences if left untreated.
Pressure injuries are caused by prolonged pressure on the skin, which can lead to tissue damage and skin breakdown. Healthcare professionals need to understand the risk factors, such as immobility, malnutrition, and incontinence, that increase the risk of pressure injuries.
Incontinence-associated dermatitis is a type of skin injury caused by prolonged exposure to urine or feces, which can lead to skin irritation, inflammation, and breakdown.
Healthcare professionals need to be aware of the risk factors for incontinence-associated dermatitis, such as urinary or fecal incontinence, and how to assess the severity of the injury.
Kimberly LeBlanc PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), FCAN
Kimberly LeBlanc is known globally as an innovative nurse leader. She is the current Academic Chair of the Association for Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Canada’s (NSWOCC) Wound Ostomy and Continence Institute (WOC Institute), an Advanced Practice and Certified Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nurse working with KDS Professional Consulting and is the President-Elect (2022-24, President 2024-26) of the Canadian Nurses Association. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from Queen’s University. Kimberly is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program, an Affiliate Lecturer at McGill University, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University. Kimberly is a past president and a founding member of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel and the past co-chair of the Canadian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel.
Kimberly has lectured extensively on wound and ostomy care and is considered a global expert on wounds and ostomy issues in the aging population and has numerous publications and book chapters on wound, ostomy, and continence related topics. She sits on the editorial boards of Advances in Skin & Wound Care and Canadian Nurse. Kimberly maintains an active clinical practice addressing the wound, ostomy, and continence needs of individuals across the spectrum of care.
In 2016, Kimberly was awarded the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Education and 2018 she was awarded the NSWOCC Presidents award for her contribution to WOC nursing in Canada. In 2020, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing’s, Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Nursing (FCAN) and in 2022 she was awarded the World Union of Wound Healing Societies award for outstanding global contributions to innovation in skin integrity.
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