Wound Care Management for Nurses

There is a growing gap between known best practice wound management and current wound care. Many practitioners are required to care for people who have wounds as part of their clinical role. As new evidence is rapidly emerging about this area of professional practice, it is essential that education be made available to those whose practice includes wound management.

This practical, hands-on course is specialised towards nurses who work in wound care management. Our international expert in wound care will cover topics on how wounds heal, what prevents healing, acute and chronic wounds, infection and antiseptics, wound and patient assessment, and decisions of what and how to dress wounds. This includes in-depth demonstration of products, as well as the role and use of bandages and compression therapy.

Learning outcomes

  • To understand the biology of healing.
  • To identify the factors that impact on wound healing.
  • To understand accurate wound and patient assessment.
  • To clarify wound infection and the role of antiseptics.
  • To identify and treat acute and common chronic wounds seen in practice.
  • To clarify and examine dressings their type and functions.
  • To understand and demonstrate bandages and their role in retention, support and compression.


1. Introduction

An overview of the current state of play with wounds, the ageing population and the rapid increase in Diabetes and its consequences.

2. Wounds Biology

In this topic you will discuss the below three phases of wound healing.

  • Inflammatory (destructive)
  • Proliferative (regenerative)
  • Maturation (reparative)

3. Factors impacting on wound healing

In this topic you will discuss the following factors which affect wound healing.

  • Intrinsic factors: health status, immune function, diabetes, age factors, body build, nutritional status
  • Extrinsic factors: mechanical stress, debris, temperature, desiccation / maceration, infection, chemical stress.

You will also explore the effects of systemic medications on the healing wound.

4. Practical Wound Assessment

In this topic you will explore the following areas that need to be addressed in practical wound assessment.

  • General health status
  • Medication review
  • Nutritional status assessment
  • Evaluation of the awareness and involvement of the patient’s family concerning wound care.

5. Acute Wounds Cuts, Grazes, Burns and Skin Tears

During this topic you will discuss how to manage wounds from Trauma as well as the various wound categories. You will also look at how to facilitate optimal healing that is, with as little scar tissue as possible, with a good cosmetic appearance.

6. Chronic Wounds

In this topic you will discuss the various groups of chronic wounds

  • Pressure wounds
  • Post-operative wounds
  • Chronic infected wounds
  • Leg ulcers

7. Wound Infection and Antiseptics

In this topic you will explore the use of topical antiseptics and antibiotics in acute wounds and chronic wounds as well as managing the risk of infection and how to reduce the level of bacteria.

8. Dressings - what to use and when to use them.

In this topic you discuss the six classes of Interactive dressings and are classified according to their functionality. You will also look at specialised dressings and products for use in particular wound types.

9. Bandages and How to apply them and when to use them

During this topic you will learn about the various types of bandages and how to apply them, you will also have the opportunity to practise methods of bandage application with a range of different bandage types.


  This workshop is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 8 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.
  This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria.
Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim up to 8 CPD hours.


Course Director

Geoff Sussman

Associate Professor of Wound Care

Associate Professor Geoff Sussman holds a position in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, and has been a faculty member at St Anne’s College Oxford University and Auckland University.

A/Professor Sussman has been involved in wound management for over 30 years in clinical research and clinical practice and teaching, and has over 100 publications.

He is a board member of Wounds Australia, and executive board member of the Australasian Wound & Tissue Repair Society, and International Wound Infection Institute. He was the inaugural Secretary of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies and is president elect of the Asia Pacific Association for Diabetic Limb Problems. A/Professor Sussman is associate editor of the International Wound Journal, a member of the editorial board of Wound Practice and Research, Chronic Wound Care Management and Research, and is a member of the advisory committee for Post Graduate Wound Care Education at Monash University.

A/Professor Sussman was awarded an Order of Australia in the Queens birthday Honours in 2006 for his work in wound care as a researcher, educator and clinician. He was also recognised at the 2008 World Wound Healing Congress in Toronto with a life time achievement award for his work in wound management.

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