Course Outline

Relationship to High Intensity Daily Personal Activities.

This module supports delivery of the complex wound management practice standard.

CONTEXT: This module applies when supporting a participant at high risk of pressure injuries and includes both prevention and management of wounds and pressure injuries when they arise. The expectations for complex wound management may be relevant when supporting participants with diabetes and workers should refer to the subcutaneous injections’ module.

LEARN ABOUT: Techniques to support prevention and management of pressure injuries and wounds; basic understanding of the process and stages of wound healing to identify improving or deteriorating conditions what risks to look for and action required to respond to risks, incidents, and emergencies.

LEARN ABOUT: Equipment, (used for example for, showering, toileting, and mobility) and consumables required to provide complex wound management.

SCOPE: A support plan for complex wound management has been developed and is overseen by a relevant health practitioner, and each participant is involved in the assessment and development of their support plan. The primary goal of wound care is not technical repair of the wound; it is providing optimal conditions for the natural reparative processes of the wound to proceed.

TRAINING: In addition to general training a range of different types of pressure care and wound management supports, workers will be trained in the specific needs of each participant they support including appropriate use of equipment and relating specifically to the participant’s needs that are affected by their wound management regime

TRAINING: Workers will be encouraged to follow the self-assessment tool for reflection and development It may be required by your employer for you to have initial supervised practice, to meet the specific needs of each participant you support including the appropriate use of equipment.

Nurses and Nursing Education - Pressure & Wound Care

Preparation Skills & Knowledge

  • Understands the support plan, including a basic understanding of risk factors for pressure injuries, for example, unable to reposition independently, participants with health conditions including diabetes
  • Checks with the participant on their expectations, capacity, and preferences for being involved in the delivery of support.
  • Prepares for hygiene and infection control. PPE
  • Checks that required equipment and consumables are available and ready for use.
  • Delivers support in ways that are least intrusive or restrictive and fit into the participant’s daily routines and preferences.
  • Common strategies to prevent pressure areas and worsening wound status including frequent repositioning (which may include prompting for the participant), appropriate diet to support healing
  • Understands anatomy of the skin to recognise signs and symptoms of inflammation and when to report to a health practitioner.
  • Basic understanding of different types/classifications of wounds and related care requirements
  • Demonstrate correct technique related to changing clean and sterile dressings.
  • Common consumables used in complex wound management and their function, such as, types of dressings.

Manual Handling

  • Function of common equipment used to support wound and pressure injury management.
  • Define manual handling.
  • Define a hazard.
  • Define a risk.
  • Ways to prevent injury.
  • Equipment used in manual handling.

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