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Pressure injury and ulcers: The anatomy of the skin

CPD Hours



Anatomy and physiology
Clinical practice and procedures
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The skin is a complex organ system that works in conjunction with many other body systems to fulfil a variety of important functions, enabling us to feel pain and other sensations and acting as a barrier against injury and infection.

As the largest and most visible organ in the body, the skin also provides valuable clues to a person’s health and well-being, and plays an important role in infection control and wound care.

This module describes the structure and function of the skin, enabling an understanding of how these can be compromised and the possible consequences.

It details the risk factors for skin damage, such as older age, immobility, and chronic conditions and diseases.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand the structure of the skin
  • Understand the function of the skin
  • Identify the layers of the skin

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