Bariatric Skin Care Seminar

Emily Stewart and I presented an online seminar talking about skin care for Bariatric patients this week. Emily has been a registered nurse for 16 years, working in medical and surgical nursing.

For the last 6 years Emily has specialised in wound care and is passionate about preventing hospital acquired pressure injuries. Emily is a stomal therapist and infection control coordinator at the Friendly Society Private Hospital in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia.

Our aims were

  • To increase understanding of skin conditions that often affect patients living with obesity.
  • To develop strategies for preventing loss of skin integrity.
  • To learn how to best partner with larger patients to assess and plan skin care.
  • To understand what tools and equipment are available to maintain skin health in hospital.
  • To challenge you as to whether you provide care with dignity and empathy to patients living with obesity.

The seminar went really well and Emily is clearly very passionate about the care she provides her lucky patients. The feedback was positive and we had some imaginative and challenging questions from the audience too.

Thank you so much to Emily, to Sandy Blake for her introduction and closing summary, and of course to Essential Helpcare for making this series of seminars possible. We hope to put this seminar online to share very shortly.

Next months seminar subject: Dignity and Discrimination!