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CPD45m of CPD
Total Rating(s)465
First Published
Updated28 February 2019
Expires 30 March 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course is designed for any health professional who manages people requiring a wound dressing.

  • Wound aetiology
  • Tissue identification
  • Patient and wound-related factors that will impact on wound cleansing
  • Common solutions used for wound cleansing
  • Demonstration of techniques, products and equipment

Wound cleansing aims to remove excess exudate, dressing remnants and non-viable tissue from the wound to promote healing and reduce infection risk. The various types of debridement are forms of wound cleansing. Whilst health professionals are familiar with the ritual of wound cleansing, many may lack the skills and confidence to effectively cleanse wounds.

Whilst there is a focus on the products and solutions suitable for wound cleansing, there is a lack of practical guidance on how to actually cleanse wounds. Utilising the appropriate processes for wound cleansing will benefit patients and is as important as wound dressing product selection.


The purpose of this Course is to enhance knowledge, skills and confidence with regards to effective wound cleansing and debridement.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the assessment components necessary prior to wound cleansing
  • Identify the techniques and solutions that can be used for wound cleansing and debridement and their clinical indications
  • Explain how to effectively cleanse and debride wounds
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to all registered nurses and other health professionals working in a variety of health care settings who deal with wounds and wound care on a regular basis.


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.


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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. See Educator Profile

CPD45m of CPD
Total Rating(s)465
First Published
Updated28 February 2019
Expires 30 March 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Wound Management
Community Nursing
Antibiotic Resistance
Clinical Assessment
Infection Prevention
Integumentary and Skin
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

465 Total Rating(s)
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Corina Rowe
22 Nov 2019

Great, detailed information

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Neil Neil
21 Nov 2019

Well presented module

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Kerin O'Connor
17 Nov 2019

Great basic course on wound cleaning and debridement

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Chethana Amadoru
16 Nov 2019


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Shienna Joy Factor
07 Nov 2019

Very comprehensive

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Samandeep Ahluwalia
05 Nov 2019


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Kerinda Monique Burton
04 Nov 2019

Clear relevant well presented

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Jim Bua
02 Nov 2019

Good course. I really enjoyed it. Will definitely recommend to colleagues

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Joanna Baker
01 Nov 2019

Good basic education. Easily understood and easy to apply to clinical practice

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Melissa Neville
31 Oct 2019

Very informative and engaging