This Course provides a comprehensive overview of wound dressings, including what to consider before selecting a dressing, the properties and functions of common wound dressings, and examples of types of wound dressings that you can use in your workplace. This Course will provide a broad overview of the most commonly used types of wound dressings available and will not explore all products available.
23 Jun 2016
Sue Templeton is the nurse practitioner: wound management for RDNS SA Ltd. Sue has been involved in wound management since 1987 and has extensive experience in hospital and community sectors, managing individuals with a variety of acute and chronic wounds. Sue is involved with Wounds Australia at both a national and state level and has held several leadership positions. Sue delivers clinical care to individuals with wounds, provides clinical consultancy services, develops and delivers education to health practitioners, develops policies and tools, publishes and presents, and is involved with several significant projects and boards at local, state, and national levels. Sue is passionate about improving quality of care and achieving optimal outcomes for all persons with a wound.
Health professionals working in acute care, aged care, outpatient departments, General Practice and domiciliary settings who manage people requiring a wound dressing.
Enhance knowledge and skills in regard to understanding the various categories and types of wound dressings available, their function and their use in clinical practice.
Wound dressings are a vital component where a wound requires management by a healthcare professional. There are currently a plethora of wound dressings available, with more being released every year. This can create confusion for nurses when trying to choose a wound dressing. There is a common misperception that wound dressings heal wounds. In practice, wound dressings assist in creating the ideal local wound environment to achieve the identified objective/s. A lack of knowledge and confidence means the choice of wound dressings made by a nurse can be inappropriate and potentially delay wound progress or, at worst, cause harm to the wound. Wound dressings can also contribute significantly to resource use, related to the frequency of dressing changes, the time taken to change wound dressings and the cost of the dressings themselves. Education and training in wound dressings has been demonstrated to improve knowledge, product selection and reduce dressing change frequency. Ultimately this improves patient outcomes.
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.