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Activity Steps


The authors report on a study done to identify factors that lead to acute skin failure in adult critical care patients. These factors have been previously associated with pressure ulcer development. There is a wealth of research data on pressure ulcers and little on skin failure. The authors make the case that in some clinical situations, such as critical care, occurrences labeled as unavoidable pressure ulcers may be better diagnosed as acute skin failure.

Purpose of Activity

To provide information regarding the differentiation between pressure ulcers and acute skin failure (ASF) in critically ill patients.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose, methodology and impact of this research.
  2. Differentiate the pathophysiology of pressure ulcers and ASF.
  3. Identify risk factors and diagnostic criteria for ASF.
Price: $17.95


  • FPTA 1.5 CEH

This activity is approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association. CE21-551836

Test Code: ASWC1115PT
Published: Nov 2015
Expires: 12/31/2021
Required Passing Score: 13/18 (72%)
Authors: Delmore B, Cox J, Rolnitzky L, Chu A, Stolfi A.
Categories: Research , Skin/Wound Care
Specialties: Wound