Wound Cleansing and Debridement

This Course is designed for health professionals working in acute care, aged care, outpatient departments, General Practice and domiciliary settings who manage people requiring a wound dressing.

31 May 2016

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



It is strongly recommended for the new learners to enhance their knowledge and skills. -- 21 Apr 2018
its cover all aspect nurses would like to know -- 21 Apr 2018
It was a basic wound care lesson but it does enlightening to someone like me who is new in the profession. -- 18 Apr 2018
Fantastic educator -- 18 Apr 2018
Great lecture -- 17 Apr 2018
very informative -- 17 Apr 2018
The educator was engaging and knowledgeable about the topic being discussed. I highly recommend this education to other health professionals -- 16 Apr 2018
I am very passionate about wound management and this training was an excellent reinforcement of techniques -- 15 Apr 2018
Insightful and well presented -- 15 Apr 2018
This resource is a great training tool. It reinforced my knowledge and I learned better ways to manage wounds. It gave me a better understanding of different techniques and confidence to implement them. -- 15 Apr 2018
this topic was well presented -- 14 Apr 2018
A very helpful resources to update and to be more confident on managing patients wounds. -- 13 Apr 2018
The speaker was engaging and knowledgeable. -- 13 Apr 2018
v good -- 13 Apr 2018
Very helpful presentation and useful knowledge gained. -- 13 Apr 2018
The educator was clear and precise and therefore easy to understand. The use of pre and post education questions was very helpful. Highly recommended. -- 13 Apr 2018
I think the educator was clear, and easily understood -- 12 Apr 2018
it was very helpful -- 11 Apr 2018
Another great course -- 10 Apr 2018
Great learning tool. Easy to understand and to apply this new knowledge. -- 10 Apr 2018
I really enjoyed this resource. It is an area that I am very interested in, already have extensive knowledge of and would like to pursue at some point. Very valuable information in this presentation. Thank you :) -- 09 Apr 2018
great learning! -- 09 Apr 2018
I enjoyed this lecture and found the slides and quiz questions made me think about what I was learning. -- 09 Apr 2018
The presenter was excellent. Easy to understand and very relevant to practise. -- 09 Apr 2018
Very informative, excellent presentation -- 07 Apr 2018
Good activity thank you -- 03 Apr 2018
very informative -- 03 Apr 2018
it was good -- 02 Apr 2018
well presented with good practical application -- 02 Apr 2018
The lecture was very interesting easy to follow and the demonstration was very informative. -- 01 Apr 2018
The educator was engaging and the new knowledge I have obtain will help with my practice. -- 01 Apr 2018
great presentation. -- 31 Mar 2018
Well explained and easy to follow. Gave lots of good practical information. -- 30 Mar 2018
Happy to reinforce knowledge -- 27 Mar 2018
Hi all, Many thanks for your feedback regarding the demonstration and the break in aseptic technique. We have now amended the video so that the process is correct. ~ Hilary, Ausmed. -- 27 Mar 2018
lecture was very good and gained more confidence in looking after the wounds. -- 25 Mar 2018
Good resource -- 21 Mar 2018
direct and well explained. demonstarations where good. -- 21 Mar 2018
Clear presentation though Sue needs to watch using a gloved hand to move her hair out of way! -- 20 Mar 2018
Concise & to the point. A good update to current best practice wound cleansing & debridement techniques. -- 20 Mar 2018
Great information! -- 20 Mar 2018
Very clearly explained -- 20 Mar 2018
Perfect for reminding you of clinical knowledge -- 19 Mar 2018
Great workshop -- 18 Mar 2018
The educator with the knowledge and experience gave very good insights on the lesson. -- 15 Mar 2018
The information is very beneficial. It is a pity the facilitator puts her face to remove her hair from her face wearing gloves & holding forceps in the middle of the demonstration & does not change her gloves. -- 15 Mar 2018
very good for updating and reinforcing knowledge on good wound management -- 14 Mar 2018
very good presentation and useful quizzes helped me to make better understanding of the topic -- 14 Mar 2018
Educator engaging and learning practical. Interactive component useful. -- 11 Mar 2018
Excellent. -- 09 Mar 2018
informative -- 09 Mar 2018
As a new grad I found the information solid and relevant to practice. -- 07 Mar 2018
Simple and easy to understand -- 05 Mar 2018
clear instructor and easy to learn -- 04 Mar 2018
would recommend this lecture to all nurses -- 04 Mar 2018
this is a great learning platform. It is a reminder to stay ahead of information available to each clinician, To update and refresh our skills. -- 28 Feb 2018
Excellent presentation by Sue. An expert in the field who can impart her knowledge and skills so effectively. Thank you. -- 28 Feb 2018
Very helpful and valuable. -- 27 Feb 2018
this resource is easy to understand and learn and covers the proper dressing procedure to achieve a successful wound healing. very resourceful. -- 25 Feb 2018
Very relevant to medical nursing -- 25 Feb 2018
Great demonstrations and practical information on effective wound cleansing -- 23 Feb 2018
Evidence that Betadine is still a GREAT product to use on acute wounds -- 23 Feb 2018
Loved this education and would recommend to my colleagues. -- 21 Feb 2018
Simple, easy to follow and well explained short demonstration of simple wound debriding and cleaning techniques that most nurses would be able to do in many settings. -- 21 Feb 2018
great resource i enjoyed the speaker and mini questions -- 21 Feb 2018
Fantastic -- 20 Feb 2018
Great resource -- 17 Feb 2018
I will share my experience with others and I recommend for many others to watch this video learning -- 14 Feb 2018
It is very interesting and informative. Short and precise, hence, does not make you lose your focus during the course. -- 13 Feb 2018
The presentor was very knowledgeable about the topic. She was clear, concise, and had very good examples and practical applications of her knowledge -- 11 Feb 2018
Very informative, interesting and relevant to my nursing -- 10 Feb 2018
YES, I will recommend this education to my colleague -- 08 Feb 2018
To enhance my nursing knowledge, skills and has confident to my daily practice with effectiveness -- 08 Feb 2018

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • 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

Target audience

All health professionals working in a variety of health care settings who deal with wounds and wound care on a regular basis.


Enhance knowledge, skills and confidence with regards to effective wound cleansing and debridement.


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. Appropriate wound cleansing can remove the local barriers to healing and is an essential element in wound management. This seemingly basic and simple procedure can be quite complex and requires assessment and an understanding of the person and their wound. 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.

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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