Details
CPD1h 5m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)704
First Published05 August 2018
Updated06 March 2019
Expires30 December 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

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

Topics

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

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.

Purpose

The purpose of this Course is to enhance knowledge and skills in regards to assessment of wounds. The focus is on undertaking a comprehensive and 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

Target Audience

This Course is relevant to registered nurses and other health professionals working in all clinical areas due to the necessity of accurate wound assessment skills.

Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Educator

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Sue Templeton

Sue Templeton works as the Nurse Practitioner: wound management for RDNS SA. Sue has worked in wound management since 1987 and has extensive clinical experience managing a variety of acute and chronic wounds. Sue provides clinical consultancy services, develops and delivers wound management education, and is involved in the development of wound management tools, policies, and procedures. Sue has been involved in AWMA/Wounds Australia at a national and local level for a number of years. Sue has undertaken clinical research and published and presented locally, nationally, and internationally. Sue has been involved in the development of several national and international guidelines and is active in a number of state and national committees. Sue is passionate about improving the lives of people with a wound and empowering others to deliver best practice in wound management.

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The Ausmed Education Learning Centre is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider number is P0342.

Details
CPD1h 5m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)704
First Published05 August 2018
Updated06 March 2019
Expires30 December 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Wound Management
Community Nursing
Clinical Assessment
Integumentary and Skin
Documentation
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

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4.7

704 Total Rating(s)

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Natalie Barnes
22 Aug 2019

Great information provided

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Susan Hopkins
20 Aug 2019

I found the learning to be comprehensive and easy to follow visually.

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Thi Thuy Phuong NGUYEN
18 Aug 2019

this resource provide essential knowledge regarding wound assessment.

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Shirley Nagau
13 Aug 2019

Very straightforward and clear!

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Annaliza Villahermosa
12 Aug 2019

This learning is very informative and has developed my wound assessment skill

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Tiarne Tiarne
12 Aug 2019

Simple to use, easy format, great learning tool

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Angela Tomaras
12 Aug 2019

Increased my knowledge of wound descriptive language, and assessment skills.

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Caroline Mannix
05 Aug 2019

Very helpful. The use of photos and explanations help to clarify info. The flow of content was easy to follow. Very informative

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Tanya Barker
03 Aug 2019

Excellent delivery and review of wound assessment.

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Stuart Gaughan
02 Aug 2019

I found this education very helpful in furthering my knowledge of wound care assessment!