Wound Cleansing and Debridement

45m of CPD
Sue Templeton
31 May 2016

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.


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


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.


Kalo Liga14 Oct 2018
Highly recommended new graduate nurses to watch this video. Short video and effective.

Bev Brown13 Oct 2018
Love the hint about breaking the forceps

Susan Langham09 Oct 2018
Very relevant, clear and well presented

Miechele Williams12 Sep 2018
Anther great online learning activity

Tracy Halliburton09 Sep 2018
Great information and simple to apply to every day practice.

Geraldine luker02 Sep 2018
Very well presented and will be valuable to my educations of student care workers and Dip ENs.

Sara Castelijn01 Sep 2018
Good refresher. Clearly presented information.

Jennifer Francis20 Aug 2018
Good and educational

Catherine Chapman05 Aug 2018
Information broken up into easy to digest pieces , very knowledgable educator

Bruce Morrice03 Aug 2018
Good basic introduction to the difference between cleaning and debriding and the purpose of each.

Manuela Eidam29 Jul 2018
I enjoyed this CPD and have learnt some new techniques

wendy Buggy19 Jul 2018
Really clear and concise tutorial. I feel my knowledge base has improved and I will be more confident in assessing and caring for wounds in the future

Karen Bampfield15 Jul 2018
The information I learned will increase my confidence when attending wound dressings

Emma Louise Willcox01 Jul 2018
Excellent course

Nicole Fraser28 Jun 2018

Cecil Maverick Quimio28 Jun 2018
Interesting and informative

rebecca morrissey26 Jun 2018

Wendy Somers23 Jun 2018
Wonderful presentation.

Melanie Jamieson22 Jun 2018

Neethu Anil21 Jun 2018
The CPD has enhance my knowledge I wound dressings

Nicole Tully21 Jun 2018

Melanie Griffin21 Jun 2018
I really enjoyed this short course. As a new EN, I found it engaging and easy to follow

Jenna He20 Jun 2018
Thanks for giving a very informative presentation! It is a practical guide for my daily nursing service.

Cheryl Lavender20 Jun 2018
Good visual information and an enthusiastic educator.

Rita edbrooke14 Jun 2018
Very good photos used to demonstrate wounds,

Hayley Candace Amanda Ferguson13 Jun 2018
Great Content

Jennifer Kerr07 Jun 2018
I found this resource extremely interesting and gained knowledge and confidence in my own practice

Terry woods04 Jun 2018
Good short presentation

Georgia Jones02 Jun 2018
The video was very informative

Kyley Lee31 May 2018
Great content

Sirini Prathibha Ariyarathna Korale Kankanamge31 May 2018

Mark James30 May 2018

joy croucher30 May 2018
Very interesting. CHEERS

Wound cleansing and debridement

Janelle Shaw29 May 2018

Lucy Lewis29 May 2018
very interesting

Deborah French29 May 2018
Excellent. Thank you

Jacelyn Partridge28 May 2018
The course was really good. The presenter explains things reall well.

Kerry Lowing28 May 2018
Very informative and presented very well.

Phoebe tsourdalakis27 May 2018

Caitlin Broome27 May 2018
Excellent course!

Jessica Arnold27 May 2018
Educational topic

Karren Sedano25 May 2018
Greatly recommend this to all nurses!

Ruth Curtis25 May 2018
Interesting. Worth knowing for any case where wound management may be necessary.

Thomas Ratcliffe24 May 2018
Very helpful for practice, very clear and concise.

Baek Eunyoung23 May 2018
It was easy to understand .well explained . Thank you so much for wonderful lecture.

Ana Liza Sabater Tolinero23 May 2018
I enjoyed the presentation.

Aleisha Martin23 May 2018
Using g allparts of wound care kits and tips were great

F H A22 May 2018

Sheila Dos Santos22 May 2018
I enjoyed this presentation :)

Barbara Watson22 May 2018
This was a good, basic but clear presentation outlining the principles of wound cleansing and debridement

Kimberly Higgs22 May 2018
informative & contemporary content

Jacqueline Curran21 May 2018
This is a education session all nurses should watch at least once.

Lauren DeVizio21 May 2018
Good and informative.

Mi Park21 May 2018
very useful. thank you.

Jane Sharp21 May 2018
Very well presented and interesting.

Wendy Noye20 May 2018
Great descriptors

Elizabeth Uhlmann20 May 2018
Learnt a new technique for debriding wounds.

Hayley turner20 May 2018
The presenter was very informative and well spoken and the information was clear and easy to understand.

melanie marks20 May 2018

Susan K March20 May 2018
Well thought out presentation. Excellent!

Kulbir kaur20 May 2018
Very informative

Altaf Sonia18 May 2018
Great course!

Geetha Rani Ammini18 May 2018
Very informative

Rincy Aijo17 May 2018
Good presentation.very useful

janine chester15 May 2018
Good essemtial woundcare basics covered in this video.

Cal Tudor15 May 2018
Practical and useful.

Dorothy-anne burrows15 May 2018

Rita Burma14 May 2018
Well presented and knowledgeable

Ma Eloise Ethel Fuentes Quicho13 May 2018
Amazing video and demonstration on wound cleansing and debridement.

Efstathia Stanitsas13 May 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture.

Lynne Richardson-Cooper12 May 2018
Great refresher & update Well presented

Hieu Hinh Truong11 May 2018
Good learning resources. Very visualize and easy to follow

Janette Elliott10 May 2018
excellent -

natalie Mielczarek10 May 2018
very informative

Daria Bayawa08 May 2018
Very informative and helpful resource, especially with the illustrations of actual wound images.

Sharon Whittaker08 May 2018
the educator was very good.

Samantha Garritt07 May 2018
very informative.

Susan Cynthia Barnes07 May 2018
The educator was engaging

Amrita Banstola06 May 2018
The resource was very focused to achieve best patient care.

Sharon Khan05 May 2018
The educator was engaging and I would recommend this education to other health professionals

Amos Chandiwana04 May 2018
A good refresher!

Lisa Leeon02 May 2018
I think most nurses not performing wound care frequently probably struggle with effective wound cleansing and debridement. This video is an excellent resource for educating health professionals and imparting confidence for better patient outcomes.

Jiayue Liu02 May 2018
Very educative

Angelo Carlo Rontos02 May 2018
The presentation was very helpful

Duy Phong NGUYEN01 May 2018
She was spoke clearly and engaging.

Diana Maritza Montoya Mateus01 May 2018
Sue is very cool, I like her presentations, they are short concise and very educative with lots of relevant information.

Sarah Franklin01 May 2018
I was able to take what I already know, cement my knowledge and learn something new as well.

Donna Wellington01 May 2018
i enjoyed the simple concise information.

Serena Mulholland 30 Apr 2018

yan zhang29 Apr 2018
very effective video.

Camille Stephenson29 Apr 2018
it was good

Naomi Cross26 Apr 2018
This was a great refresher!

Judith Trevena24 Apr 2018
I found this online training to be helpful and Sue explained all the techniques efficiently and I found it was easy to follow.

Rijo George24 Apr 2018
The topic was very informative.

Bimaldeep Sidhu24 Apr 2018
very informative and interesting.

vivienne stillwell24 Apr 2018

Joanne Kneebone23 Apr 2018
I really enjoyed this VL

Robyn Poga23 Apr 2018
Once again , clear and concise, I like the actual demonstrations, very helpful.

Karen Innes23 Apr 2018
well set out and informative

sejinnam sejinnam22 Apr 2018
Clear information and very informative!

Louise Morosi22 Apr 2018
Yet another fantastic short course!!

Jessica Tait22 Apr 2018
Very informative lesson

Zhimin Zhang21 Apr 2018
It is strongly recommended for the new learners to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Hind Katrib21 Apr 2018
its cover all aspect nurses would like to know

Joanne Bondoc18 Apr 2018
It was a basic wound care lesson but it does enlightening to someone like me who is new in the profession.

Lynette Bradley18 Apr 2018
Fantastic educator

Esther Sibanda17 Apr 2018
Great lecture

Peter Michael Osbucan Olat17 Apr 2018
very informative

Divina Evangelista16 Apr 2018
The educator was engaging and knowledgeable about the topic being discussed. I highly recommend this education to other health professionals

Jacqueline Pirouet15 Apr 2018
I am very passionate about wound management and this training was an excellent reinforcement of techniques

Simon Elmaleh15 Apr 2018
Insightful and well presented

Karina Mastrosavas15 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.

Wendy Boehringer14 Apr 2018
this topic was well presented

Nida Deligero Lagunay13 Apr 2018
A very helpful resources to update and to be more confident on managing patients wounds.

Dimity Bascara13 Apr 2018
The speaker was engaging and knowledgeable.

alisdair alisdair13 Apr 2018
v good

Frances Browne13 Apr 2018
Very helpful presentation and useful knowledge gained.

Margaretha van de Reyt13 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.

Kathryn Kennedy12 Apr 2018
I think the educator was clear, and easily understood

Tamara Van Der Putten11 Apr 2018
it was very helpful

Cheryl Carpenter10 Apr 2018
Another great course

Danielle Wohling10 Apr 2018
Great learning tool. Easy to understand and to apply this new knowledge.

Judy Berry09 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 :)

Richelle Ann Briones09 Apr 2018
great learning!

Ann-Maree Stutz09 Apr 2018
I enjoyed this lecture and found the slides and quiz questions made me think about what I was learning.

Alison Mcguire09 Apr 2018
The presenter was excellent. Easy to understand and very relevant to practise.

Adam Whitemore07 Apr 2018
Very informative, excellent presentation

Charlotte Bryant03 Apr 2018
Good activity thank you

wendy maggay03 Apr 2018
very informative

Shweta kamlesh shukla02 Apr 2018
it was good

Karen George02 Apr 2018
well presented with good practical application

Glenda Saliba01 Apr 2018
The lecture was very interesting easy to follow and the demonstration was very informative.

Margaret Whitehead01 Apr 2018
The educator was engaging and the new knowledge I have obtain will help with my practice.

Jenny Ryan31 Mar 2018
great presentation.

Janine Robertson30 Mar 2018
Well explained and easy to follow. Gave lots of good practical information.

Karen Barringer27 Mar 2018
Happy to reinforce knowledge

Hilary Bush27 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.

ANON KURIAN25 Mar 2018
lecture was very good and gained more confidence in looking after the wounds.

Trisha Eisenhuth21 Mar 2018
Good resource

Andrea Notting21 Mar 2018
direct and well explained. demonstarations where good.

Barbara Stokes20 Mar 2018
Clear presentation though Sue needs to watch using a gloved hand to move her hair out of way!

Camilla Maree Govan20 Mar 2018
Concise & to the point. A good update to current best practice wound cleansing & debridement techniques.

Kelly Delaine20 Mar 2018
Great information!

Colleen Norvill20 Mar 2018
Very clearly explained

Brie Brown19 Mar 2018
Perfect for reminding you of clinical knowledge

madison single18 Mar 2018
Great workshop

Jedee Leonore Binwag15 Mar 2018
The educator with the knowledge and experience gave very good insights on the lesson.

Carole kathleen Brown15 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.

cathleen Farewell14 Mar 2018
very good for updating and reinforcing knowledge on good wound management

Lei Zhang14 Mar 2018
very good presentation and useful quizzes helped me to make better understanding of the topic

Denise Pardoe11 Mar 2018
Educator engaging and learning practical. Interactive component useful.

felicity Goswell09 Mar 2018

Maureen Huggins09 Mar 2018

Juanita Vincent07 Mar 2018
As a new grad I found the information solid and relevant to practice.

Kim Szubert05 Mar 2018
Simple and easy to understand

Michelle Kerley04 Mar 2018
clear instructor and easy to learn

Philomena Vegter04 Mar 2018
would recommend this lecture to all nurses

Polly Wilson28 Feb 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.

Patricia Varnam28 Feb 2018
Excellent presentation by Sue. An expert in the field who can impart her knowledge and skills so effectively. Thank you.

Andrew Markula27 Feb 2018
Very helpful and valuable.

Maria Josefina Noviza25 Feb 2018
this resource is easy to understand and learn and covers the proper dressing procedure to achieve a successful wound healing. very resourceful.

Andrew Peasley25 Feb 2018
Very relevant to medical nursing

Katy Anna Martin23 Feb 2018
Great demonstrations and practical information on effective wound cleansing

Limor Weingarten23 Feb 2018
Evidence that Betadine is still a GREAT product to use on acute wounds

Rejeanna Cartwright21 Feb 2018
Loved this education and would recommend to my colleagues.

Susan Lynch21 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.

Mrs catherine Mcdowell21 Feb 2018
great resource i enjoyed the speaker and mini questions

Jessica Khan20 Feb 2018

Jenna Punsalang Santiago17 Feb 2018
Great resource

Eva Bodnar14 Feb 2018
I will share my experience with others and I recommend for many others to watch this video learning

Renalyn Sotero13 Feb 2018
It is very interesting and informative. Short and precise, hence, does not make you lose your focus during the course.

Gemma Dale11 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

Vicki Simms10 Feb 2018
Very informative, interesting and relevant to my nursing

Adelaida Santos08 Feb 2018
YES, I will recommend this education to my colleague

Citti Taranto08 Feb 2018
To enhance my nursing knowledge, skills and has confident to my daily practice with effectiveness

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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