image
Document Your CPD Online for Free

All of your CPD, all in one place.

Badge from the American Nurses Credentialing Center showing that Ausmed is an accredited provider with distinction

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

Provider Number PO342.

Details
CPD1h 5m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)797
First Published
Updated06 March 2019
Expires 30 May 2020
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

Portrait of Sue Templeton
Sue Templeton

Sue works as a community-based nurse practitioner: wound management in Adelaide. Sue has worked in wound management since 1987 and has extensive clinical experience managing persons with 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 actively involved in the wound management professional body 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 on several state and national committees. Sue is passionate about improving the life of persons with a wound and empowering others to deliver best practice in wound management. See Educator Profile

Details
CPD1h 5m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)797
First Published
Updated06 March 2019
Expires 30 May 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topics
Wound Management
Community Nursing
Clinical Assessment
Integumentary and Skin
Documentation
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

4.7
797 Total Rating(s)
Generic portrait
Samantha Bywater
22 Jan 2020

u

Generic portrait
Louise sperryn-jones
21 Jan 2020

Very thorough and very useful information.

Generic portrait
Melanie Walker
20 Jan 2020

Easy to understand

Generic portrait
Natalie atkins
19 Jan 2020

Straight forward information and to the point.

Generic portrait
Efstathia Stanitsas
19 Jan 2020

The course outlined all the components of assessing accurate wound characteristics

Generic portrait
Mini Uthuppu
18 Jan 2020

This leaning empower my knowledge in comprehensive wound assessment, able me to do a clinical presentation of wound presentation as well as describe the actual wound dynamic

Generic portrait
Lourdes Arciaga
17 Jan 2020

Great learning tools!

Generic portrait
Francina Barbara Moule
16 Jan 2020

I recommend this learning resource to all Nurses who assist with wound care.

Generic portrait
Victoria Farrell
13 Jan 2020

Nim

Generic portrait
Melissa J Bishop
13 Jan 2020

Was easy to understand included all necessary nursing information to enable you to attend to wounds with confidence