This day will enable the practitioner to be able to carry out (using an evidence-based approach), a wound assessment & description to plan care for the patient and the wound (note: this day will not describe in detail all the types of wounds).
Focus will also be given on recognising barriers to healing, e.g. nutrition, wound infection, inflammation & biofilm formation. There will be a practical workshop on planning care and treatments eg. dressings, solutions, the formulary & skin protection using scenarios, outcomes; also to discuss appropriate review dates or referral.
This day is appropriate for the registered (GPN) and the unregistered (HCA) practitioner if it is part of their job role/expectation.
The Practitioner will be able to:
- Undertake (or support) a Wound Assessment, identify stages of healing, the main wound tissue types, and devise an individual care plan, and advise if the patient is self-caring
- Recognise, understand, and treat barriers to wound healing and set realistic goals
- Identify the major components found in the wound bed that influence dressing choices, eg. action of dressings/products/solutions to maximise healing potential, lifestyle needs/expectations/pain levels etc.
- Be aware of the local Wound Formulary and products available.
- Know when to refer or seek help/support if needed via local policy/procedures/specialists and resources