Course Overview

Brief

This Course further explores the components of, and increases skills in, performing a systematic, standardised, accurate assessment of local wound characteristics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the characteristics that are included in a comprehensive wound assessment
  • Describe the various clinical presentations of each wound characteristic
  • State how to evaluate wound progress
  • Describe how to accurately measure wound dimensions

Topics include:

  • Characteristics of a comprehensive wound assessment
  • Standards for wound management
  • Measuring wound dimensions
  • Evaluating wound progress

Target audience

Health professionals in acute care, aged care, outpatient departments, General Practice and domiciliary settings who manage people with wounds.

Purpose

Enhance knowledge and skills in regards to assessment of wounds. The focus is on undertaking a comprehensive and accurate assessment of local wound characteristics.

Need

A comprehensive assessment of wound characteristics is a fundamental component of wound management. It includes wound dimensions, exudate quantity and quality, wound tissue type, odour, pain, wound edge and surrounding skin. A thorough, systematic wound assessment contributes to determining wound aetiology and severity, is the basis upon which treatments and wound dressings are determined, and allows progress to be measured. Whilst health professionals are required to assess and record wound characteristics, many have never received formal training regarding how to do this. Texts often list the components of a wound assessment, but frequently lack description regarding those components. This can lead to health professionals making varied and sometimes inaccurate assessments of wound characteristics. Using systematic, standardised wound assessment methods based on an informed, sound understanding of wound characteristics promotes reliability and confidence in wound assessment, leading to better decision making regarding wound management and ultimately improved outcomes for patients.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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