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Advanced wound management

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This two-day short course aims to support and provide the advanced level knowledge and skills required by clinicians who work across all healthcare sectors to manage complex wounds resulting in better health outcomes for patients. The sessions will look at evidence-based practice, wound pain management, nutrition and alternative therapies to manage wounds. This short course is designed for RNs who already have an essential knowledge of wound care principles.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

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Fees

RN member $327.00RN non-member $385.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • describe the strategies to manage aspects of burn wound care 
  • assess individuals ‘at risk’ of developing pressure injury 
  • describe types of debridement most commonly used in clinical practice 
  • initiate investigations and seek further interprofessional collaboration to manage complex wounds
  • assess pain intensity related to wounds and determine strategies to manage different types of wound pain
  • list the vitamins and minerals that play an important role in the wound healing process
  • identify the psychosocial impact of oncology and palliative wounds on the individual and family
  • explain factors that impact on the outcome of neuroischemic/ischemic foot ulcers
  • discuss a number of alternative therapies in wound management and the indication and advantage for each approach.

Program outline

Day 1

8.45am 

Registration and welcome

9.00am  

Refresher of basic wound workshop

  • wound healing process
  • acute and chronic wounds

9.45am 

Wound pain management

10.30am 

Nutrition and wound healing

  • lab tests
  • supplements
  • different diets and their effect on wound healing

11.30am 

Wound care for malignant and palliative wounds

12.30pm 

Lunch

1.15pm 

Evidence-based practice – how to search the literature efficiently for evidence

2.00pm

Neuropathic and neuro-ischaemic foot ulcers

3.15pm 

Afternoon tea break

3.30pm

Demonstration/practice session

  • lower leg assessment
  • sensory and motor nerve testing (with monofilament and tendon hammer)    
  • vascular assessment (alteration to skin, pulses, ABPI and Buerger’s test)
  • compression bandaging

Day 2

9.00am 

Burn wound management

10.30am

Morning tea break

10.45am

Wound debridement – AWMA guidelines

11.30am

Alternative therapies to manage wounds

  • hyperbaric oxygen
  • cold laser therapy/low-level laser therapy
  • low frequency ultrasound therapy
  • skin substitutes and growth factors
  • electrical stimulation (E-STIM) therapy

12.45pm

Lunch

1.30pm

Topical negative pressure (TNP)

2.15pm

Demonstration/practice session – TNP 

3.15pm

Afternoon tea break

3.30pm

Pressure injury prevention and management – updates 

4.30pm

Evaluation and close