Identifying Pressure Injuries: Differentiation and Staging

Webinar Topic: Wound Care

Speaker: Joan Junkin, RN, MSN, Wound Consultant

CE Credit(s): 1.5

Length: 90 minutes

Price: 15

Webinar Description:
Correctly identifying the etiology of skin injuries, especially in the sacral and buttock areas, is a challenge to say the least. In an already busy day with multiple priorities, it helps to have confidence about what type of skin injury we’re seeing, so that we can apply the best possible interventions for that particular problem. Skin injuries from pressure and shear and those from incontinence and other moisture sources both impact skin health- so let’s get good at sorting them out using case studies and clear photos and discussing the most likely etiology of each of the injuries viewed. Raising the bar on early recognition of specific threats to skin integrity can have a positive impact on skin health and therefore on the bottom line in healthcare. It also increases accuracy of quality improvement data such as pressure injury prevalence and incidence.

Target Audience: Nurses, physical therapists, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals interested in wound care.

About the Speaker:
Joan Junkin was introduced to wound care as a research analyst for the AHCPR (now AHRQ) panel that created the first ever pressure ulcer treatment guideline. After wound education and certification, she was the wound clinical nurse specialist for a 500 bed hospital and spent 10 years building an outpatient and inpatient program to improve wound outcomes. She conducted and published the first research documenting incontinence associated dermatitis prevalence in acute care and has published in several nursing and wound journals. Since 2008 she has devoted her time to teaching in 49 states and 5 provinces in Canada. This, along with her wound consulting business gives her a broad perspective. Joan is passionate about sharing essential information for healthcare providers with just enough humor to help navigate this challenging topic. 


  • Joan Junkin, MSN, RN, faculty for this educational event, disclosed that she is a consultant and on the speakers’ bureau for Stryker/Sage. All the relevant financial relationships listed for Ms. Junkin have been mitigated.
  • None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Webinar Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between likely etiologies of superficial skin injuries in the sacral and buttock areas including intertriginous dermatitis, incontinence associated dermatitis, abrasions,  and pressure injuries.
  • Define the stages of pressure injuries per current National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel definitions.
  • Describe characteristics of tissue visible in each stage of pressure injury.

Course Originally Released on: 9/22/2022
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/22/2022
Course Termination/ Update Date: 9/30/2025

Accreditation Information
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.
Dietetics-related continuing education from Relias LLC, regardless of target profession, is acceptable, if the learning relates to the Competencies/Performance Indicators (PIs) on the learner's Step 1 Learning Plan.
Relias LLC is a licensed physical therapy continuing Education sponsor (#216.000290) by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Certificates must be retained by the licensee for a period of 5 years after course completion. Please check with your state for prior approval.

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