1h 55m

Wound Dressings

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

Learning Outcomes


State the functions and limitations of wound dressings


Identify the main classes and functions of wound dressings


State the purposes and properties of common wound dressings


Explain the components to consider in implementing a wound dressing regimen



presented well -- 21 Apr 2018
very informative -- 20 Apr 2018
Very informative and presented in a logical method. -- 19 Apr 2018
Very informative, great use of case studies -- 19 Apr 2018
very good for updating and reinforcing wound management -- 18 Apr 2018
very detailed -- 18 Apr 2018
Very informative -- 17 Apr 2018
very informative -- 15 Apr 2018
Well presented. Great informative resource for junior nurses like myself. -- 15 Apr 2018
Well presented, easily retained and thoroughly enjoyed this -- 15 Apr 2018
great -- 13 Apr 2018
wowww -- 13 Apr 2018
This was a great online course, excellent material and a great refresher as well as new procedures -- 10 Apr 2018
An excellent presentation. Really enjoying reinforcing current knowledge and pushing that up a notch by learning some very important information in this. Thank you. -- 10 Apr 2018
Great knowledge -- 10 Apr 2018
great learning experience! -- 09 Apr 2018
interesting -- 08 Apr 2018
Outstanding education on wound assessment and product choice. Very interesting and well presented -- 06 Apr 2018
Very informative VLA on most appropriate dressing choices for different types of wounds. -- 06 Apr 2018
Informative and easy to understand. Well presented thank you. -- 30 Mar 2018
The resource was practical, easy to follow and understand. -- 28 Mar 2018
Very interesting! -- 25 Mar 2018
very informative and worthwhile simple explanations and examples. -- 22 Mar 2018
Great resource. Well delivered session. -- 21 Mar 2018
Fantastic general overview of current dressings & their indications for use. -- 21 Mar 2018
it was very intteresting -- 19 Mar 2018
Educator engaging. -- 13 Mar 2018
Fantastic course. -- 12 Mar 2018
Good VLA -- 12 Mar 2018
very knowledgable -- 02 Mar 2018
very good -- 02 Mar 2018
once again a highly resourceful and easily to understand the material and gives further confidence and nursing out comes of wounds and their management of. -- 25 Feb 2018
I love the actual demonstration of using the dressing -- 23 Feb 2018
Fantastic -- 20 Feb 2018
This resource is very informative and engaging but i got lost a bit in the earlier part of the video. There are too much information that i cant understand. in the case study, the lecturer was talking about the type and subtype of dressing that the wound need but i guess i was waiting for her to say an example of the dressing or how she is going to dress it, like mention the dressing that she would specifically use. It is probably just me, anyway, i found the information on the later videos. Over all this is a good resource. -- 19 Feb 2018
great -- 14 Feb 2018
By being able to see the wounds and the healing process it enabled me to compare wounds and understand the process of healing and dressing usage. -- 14 Feb 2018
Exelent video learning training, recommend for everyone, -- 11 Feb 2018
I would recommend this education session to all RNs who perform wound assessment & management -- 10 Feb 2018
Excellent lecture. I found this very helpful. -- 07 Feb 2018
In found this very interesting and easy paced. I could pause the video to write notes -- 05 Feb 2018
The online lecture was really informative and helpful to registered nurses. -- 03 Feb 2018
A very clear and simple revisit to wound care and provides rationale behind wound care. -- 03 Feb 2018

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • The functions and limitations of wound dressings
  • The main classes and functions of wound dressings
  • The purpose and properties of common wound dressings
  • The components to consider in implementing a wound dressing regimen

Target audience

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.