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Wound management

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About the workshop

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 short course is designed for registered and enrolled nurses working in any clinical setting who wish to update theirknowledge on wound management.

Dates and locations

28 February-1 March 2017 - Parramatta NSWClick here to register

Fees

RN member $327.00 RN non-member $385.00
EN member $269.00 EN non-member $327.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • outline the pathophysiology of wound healing
  • identify the principles of wound assessment
  • list signs and symptoms of wound infection
  • discuss appropriate product selection to facilitate wound healing
  • demonstrate safe wound care practice
  • describe the principles of assessment and management of wounds
  • outline assessment and management of minor burns
  • list resources to further inform evidence-based practice in the management of wounds

Program outline

Day 1

8.45am

Registration and introduction

9.00am

The secret lives of cells (pathophysiology of
wound healing)

  • Anatomy & physiology of the skin (structure and function)
  • Wound types
  • Phases of wound healing
  • Acute vs. chronic wounds vs. palliative wounds - what’s the difference?
  • Factors influencing wound healing - reasons for chronicity

10.30am

Morning Tea

10.45amUnderstanding and managing wound pain
11.15am

Assessing the patient with a wound

  • Approach to the patient
  • HEIDI – the totally amazing assessment method
  • Establish wound category (healable/ containable / palliative), treatment objectives, timelines, an evaluation plan and documentation
12.00pm

Wound bed preparation made easy

  • TIME - Taking the TIME to assess the wound saves YOU time
  • Peri-wound skin care
  • Types of wound debridement

12.45pm

Lunch

1.30pm

Wound infection

  • Recognition
  • Biofilms
  • Pathology tips - how to take a wound swab (the Levine technique)
  • Management strategies
  • Case studies

3.00pm

Afternoon tea

3.15pmPressure injury classification
3.45pmBurns assessment and minor burns management

4.30pm

Using the system to deliver the best wound care

  • Where to find evidence-based tools
  • Finding fabulous organisation and Information sites
  • Resources for further education in wound care

Day 2

9.00am

Skin tear classification 

9.45am

Common dermatological problems associated with specific wound types

10.30am

Morning tea

10.45am

Overview of leg ulcer types

  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Neuropathic ulcers
  • Arterial (ischemic) ulcers
  • Understanding lower limb oedema
  • Group activity – identify the wound type

12.45pm

Lunch

1.30pm

Compression therapy

  • Principles of compression therapy
  • Types of compression bandaging
  • Alternatives to bandaging

3.00pm

Afternoon tea

3.15pm

Dress for success – sensible wound care

  • Product selection
  • Products to correct moisture balance
  • Antimicrobials and wound cleansing agents -   indications, contraindications, clinical tips, targeted use
  • Aseptic non-touch technique for wound care (ANTT)

5.00pm

Evaluations – close