Wound Cleansing and Debridement

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Provider Number PO342.

CPD43m of CPD
First Published
Updated11 August 2022
Expires 30 August 2024
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Ausmed Course will provide an update on appropriate and effective techniques and the essential information required to cleanse and debride a wound.

  • Wound aetiology
  • Tissue identification
  • Factors that impact on wound cleansing
  • Common components 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. Wound cleansing and debridement are essential components of wound healing. While health professionals are usually familiar with the ritual of wound cleansing, evidence shows that many lack the knowledge of how to actually cleanse wounds using best practice guidelines. There is also a lack of practical guidance on how to cleanse. Knowing the appropriate procedures for wound cleansing and debridement will enhance confidence and allow for better patient outcomes through the effective management of wounds.


This Ausmed Course aims to increase knowledge, skills and confidence with regard to effective wound cleansing and debridement to positively impact patient wound management.

Learning Outcomes
  • Be more confident in selecting the appropriate equipment, solutions and other items necessary for cleansing specific wounds.
  • Apply best practice wound cleansing and debridement techniques according to their clinical indications and guidelines.
  • Explain and educate staff and patients about certain techniques, products and equipment for effectively cleansing and debriding wounds.
Target Audience

This Ausmed Course is relevant to all registered nurses and other healthcare professionals working in a variety of settings who care for patients with wounds and manage wound care on a regular basis.


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CPD43m of CPD
First Published
Updated11 August 2022
30 August 2024
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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