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Recognising how conditions present on darker skin: is nurse training colour-blind?

Darker skin tones are often not included in clinical resources – including for COVID-19

Darker skin tones are often not included in clinical resources – including for COVID-19 – and this can have disastrous effects on outcomes

  • With black and minority ethnic people being more severely affected by COVID-19, the lack of representation of darker skin in studies of symptoms could have serious consequences for outcomes
  • There is a recognised lack of training and clinical information on how to diagnose and treat other conditions in darker skin, and some nurses report they have learned from experience
  • Tips on how to assess darker skin, plus the resources available that cover all skin types
The Fitzpatrick scale categorises skin tone from I to VI Picture: Shutterstock

A letter published earlier this year in the

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