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Session 28 | Aging Skin: Pressure Injury and Wound Care Considerations

Session Summary

There is a dearth of robust evidence on aging skin care, yet care settings are increasingly faced with the challenges of providing skin care for aging patients. As with other standard disease processes in the geriatric population, the incidence of pressure injuries and chronic skin conditions related to diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and mobility issues occur with increasing frequency as we age. This session aims to address the etiology, assessment, and treatment options for the most frequently encountered types of chronic skin breakdown and pressure injuries in the aging population. Although the goal may be complete wound healing, palliation, and achieving management of chronic wounds as alternate goals will be discussed.