To provide the theoretical and practical elements required for safe and effective wound management.
- Anatomy and physiology of the skin.
- Holistic assessment and summary of wound healing.
- Realistic goal setting and management options.
- Generic dressing types and indications/contraindications.
- Compression therapies.
- Recognising signs of infection/deterioration and knowing when to refer.
- Pressure ulcer prevention and management.
Please note: This course is aimed at nurses, however, theory and practical elements can also be tailored to the specific responsibilities of healthcare assistants within their role.
A practical session consisting of rotating workshops, under the supervision of a Tissue Viability Nurse, will be included. The practical aspect of the course splits the delegates into HCA’s and RGN’s (as each role involves different levels of skills and responsibilities), the below will be covered within in each group.
At the end of the course delegates should be able to:
- Discuss anatomy of the skin and different skin conditions with require wound care.
- Identify leg ulcerations and pressure ulcerations, and their treatment.
- Describe and correctly use the equipment needed for wound dressing.
- Discuss compression therapies, types of compression and levels of pressure.
- Outline the importance of holistic and local assessment and set realistic treatment objectives.
- Discuss the various stages of wound healing and factors which may delay healing.
- Choose the correct dressing and methods of debridement.
- Recognise signs of infection and deterioration.