Webinar – Skin in the Time of COVID-19

July 15, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time
CHI owner insured hospital wound care specialists, direct care providers, infection prevention, clinical informatics, clinical managers, clinical educators, risk managers, patient safety officers, and quality improvement.


Treating a patient admitted with COVID-19 means more than battling the virus. What many people may not realize is that secondary issues, but of equal importance, emerge as pressure ulcer/injuries must be distinguished from the disease or medication related skin lesions.

The phenomenon of COVID-19 lesions is difficult to distinguish from pressure ulcers or pressure injuries. Are these lesions caused by COVID-19 related micro-vascular injury or related to medication used in treatment? This program will help you distinguish between hospital acquired pressure ulcers and COVID-19 related skin lesions. Expert speakers will discuss interventions used for best outcomes, identification, and documentation.

Please note: Optima uses Zoom Webinars. Each participant receives a unique log-in link upon registration. Optima continues to encourage you to forward this email throughout your organization, inviting all interested.  Unlike the past, no one will be able to access the webinar without registering; therefore, each person intending to participate needs to register independently in order to receive their unique log-in link.  Please contact Millie Mastromattei if you have questions or would like help with registration.

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Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, the participants should be able to:

  1. Name at least two interventions for the prevention of pressure ulcer/injuries in the hospital
  2. Identify at least two skin lesions associated with patients who have COVID-19
  3. Utilize the Acute Care Risk Assessment card to identify high risk for development of Deep Tissue Injuries that evolve to stage 3, 4, and unstageable pressure ulcer/injuries in acute care hospitals
  4. Name supplies for pressure ulcer prevention that can be sent with patient at discharge to SNF and LTC

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number 12205 for 1 contact hour.


Holly Kirkland-Kyhn, PhD, FNP, GNP, CWCN, FAANP
& Emma Blackmon PhD, RN, CCRN

Holly Kirkland-Kyhn, PhD, FNP, GNP, CWCN, FAANP
Nurse Practitioner

Director, Wound Care Team
UC Davis Medical Center

Dr. Kirkland-Kyhn obtained her NP at University of California, Davis and her PhD at University of California, San Francisco.  Although trained in the US as an RN, she spent her early career working as a nurse and midwife in England and Ireland. She has travelled to Africa, Haiti, and Belize to work in disaster relief and in promoting safe maternal-child care in rural areas. She now works at UC Davis Medical Center as the Director of Wound Care and a Clinical Professor performing research and  training on interdisciplinary team initiatives for  PAs/NPs/ nurses/ and physicians in street medicine and wound care in a low resource setting.

Emma J. Blackmon PhD RN CCRN
Critical Care Educator, CNIV

University of California Davis Medical Center
UC Davis Health

Emma Blackmon obtained her BSN from California State University Bakersfield and her Master of Science and PhD at University of California Davis. She has worked in adult critical care for the last 16 years primarily in pulmonary critical care nursing. In 2016 she transitioned to the role of the Adult Critical Care Educator at UC Davis, focusing on education and training of adult ICU nurses, serving as a critical care bedside resource and member of several interdisciplinary teams.

Web Access

This event is a Zoom Webinar.  Please register through the green registration button and a unique log-in link will be emailed to you.


This event is a Zoom Webinar.  Please register through the green registration button and a unique log-in link will be emailed to you.