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Teaching the assessment of pressure ulcers/injuries virtually

Patricia Hotaling
16 December 2021

Background: Psychomotor skills are hands-on skills taught with the learner; giving feedback on the skill being taught. With the introduction of COVID-19 and social distancing, schools had to make several changes to continue to instruct students. To comply with social distancing, teaching psychomotor skills was transformed. The authors developed a virtual education activity to teach assessment of pressure injuries. Method: The authors developed a narrated module of content based on seven principles of wound assessment: pressure injury staging, anatomical location, assessment and documentation, accurate measurement, tissue types, clinical evaluation over time, and infection. These were taught using conversation style recordings between the authors. Within the slides were feedback on student performance and critical thinking explanations. Results: The results of the student evaluation survey showed significant learning occurred, with significance of P<0.00001 for three domains and P<0.01 for one domain. Conclusion: This level of success allows for great potential for other psychomotor skills to be taught virtually also.

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