Plus-size Patients, Wound Care Strategies

Webinar Topic: Wound Care

Speaker: Susan Gallagher, PhD, MA, MSN, RN, CBN, CSPHP

CE Credit(s): 1.0

Length: 60 minutes

Price: 10

Webinar Description:
This fast-paced interactive course explores some of the common adiposity related skin and wound challenges as well as the reasons skin breakdown occurs in this patient population. Pressure injury and preplanning for care are discussed within the context of the patient experience. Learn first hand the issues of insensitivity and bias in the healthcare setting along with the reason this leads to delays in access to care. A bariatric advocate will explain three ways you can provide meaningful care that is more satisfying to you and the patients you serve. Don’t miss this chance to learn about the lived experience of a plus-size person and her thoughts on improving your skin and wound practices. 

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

About the Speaker:
Susan Gallagher holds a Masters’ Degree in Nursing: Advanced Practice WOC Nursing from University of Southern California. She received a Masters’ Degree in Religion and Social Ethics, and a PhD in Policy Ethics from University of Southern California. 

Dr Gallagher is certified in Bariatric Nursing and is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional. She is currently Vice President of the Association for Safe Patient Handling Professionals, Associate Editor for Workplace Health and Safety (AAOHN) and has been(is) on the editorial boards of both JWOCN and OWM. Susan is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters, including the ANA Implementation Guide to SPHM Standards, Bariatric SPHM and more. She serves on a number of international boards and is a recognized speaker on skin and wound care, outcomes, bariatrics, ethics, risk and loss control across the globe.


  • Susan Gallagher PhD, MA, MSN, RN, CBN, CSPHP, faculty for this educational event, has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • None of the planners 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:

  • Explore common skin and wound issues associated with excess adiposity. 
  • Explain new ways to talk with patients about prevention and treatment of pressure injury. 
  • Discuss the importance of integrating the patient experience into preplanning for care. 
  • Describe firsthand experiences of weight bias such as: discrimination, prejudice, and insensitivity. 
  • List three ways you can make a difference in the life of the patient who is considered plus-size. 
Course Originally Released on: 8/11/2022
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/11/2022
Course Termination/ Update Date: 8/31/2025

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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