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Dr. Holly Kirkland-Kyhn, director of wound care, and Dr. Emma Blackmon, adult critical care educator, UC Davis Medical Center of Sacramento, CA, will share pressure injury identification, development and prevention tactics learned from the pandemic. They will share example cases studies and effective interventions to encourage discussion and reflection.

A panel of team members from Essentia Health will share an interdisciplinary proning initiative created to care for COVID-19 patients through collaboration between their critical care team, therapies (PT, OT, RT) and clinical wound ostomy continence nursing staff. Please join us to learn about the formation of their protocol and how they continue to use quality improvement tactics to revise and fine-tune their work to align with patient needs.  


  • Discuss commonly identified pressure injuries among critically ill patients
  • Review risk, assessment and recommendations for pressure injuries among the critically ill
  • Discuss proning as a therapeutic intervention for the critically ill
  • Discuss the impact of proning on pressure injury development
  • Review a case study and interventions


Emma Blackmon, Ph.D., adult critical care educator, UC Davis Medical Center

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

Holly Kirkland-Kyhn, Ph.D., FNP, GNP, CWCN, FAANP, director of wound care, UC Davis Medical Center

Dr. Kirkland-Kyhn has worked as a nurse practitioner for over 20 years in the Sacramento community. Although trained in the U.S. as a registered nurse, she spent her early career working as a nurse and midwife in England and Ireland. She has traveled 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 has led interdisciplinary team initiatives throughout the hospital and in the community to improve the safety and quality of care for patients. She currently works with the Street Medicine Team in Sacramento providing wound care education and a relationship to expand care for needle exchange programs, community clinics and street medicine. She has multiple publications on wound care and pressure ulcer prevention. In addition, she has home videos available on the AARP website for teaching wound care to caregivers. 


Mary Gerchman Smith, APRN, M.A., CNS, clinical nurse specialist, critical care/infusion therapy,

Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center

Eric J. Hanson, PT, DPT, physical therapy team lead, Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center

Lauren Keil, R.N. BSN CWON, certified wound ostomy nurse – AHN, Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center

Christine Ames, OTR/L, inpatient occupational therapy, Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center 

Tom Scullard, R.N., MSN, CCRN, clinical care supervisor, medical intensive care unit, Hennepin County Medical Center

Who should attend

Wound ostomy nurses, quality coordinators, managers and directors, CNOs, DONs, patient safety officers and anyone interested in pressure injury prevention. 

Continuing education

The program has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for a total of 1 contact hour.


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  • $49 per person for MHA member hospitals and health systems
  • $99 per person for associate members
  • $199 per person for nonmembers

Registration deadline

Please register by 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 to ensure timely delivery of access instructions.

Approximately four business days before the web conference, you will receive an email that contains instructions on how to connect. Advance registration is required to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

If you do not receive an email from Christy Hammer prior to the program with web conference details, please contact info@mnhospitals.org to confirm your registration.

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When and Where
  • 1/13/2021 11:30 AM CST
  • 1/13/2021 12:30 PM CST
  • Web Conference