Date & Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
137 Skin Assessment Challenges in Dark Complexions

This presentation addresses complexities in assessing skin of patients with dark complexions, to include pressure injuries, bruising, hypoxia, and melanoma. It will discuss the impact of pigmentation on detection accuracy, effective assessment methods, cultural competence, tailored assessment techniques, and appropriate interventions.

Educational Objectives

  • Recognize the limitations of traditional skin assessment methods in individuals with dark complexions
  • Differentiate between normal pigmentation variations and indications of pressure injuries, bruising, hypoxia, and melanoma in dark skin
  • Explore culturally sensitive and appropriate assessment approaches for patients with dark complexions