Wounds International, Vol 1; Issue 2Practice New advances in pressure ulcer prevention and management: an Australian perspective

New advances in pressure ulcer prevention and management: an Australian perspective

09/02/10 | Pressure ulcers, Service development and delivery, Skin integrity | Keryln Carville

 

The Education Module Framework (Fig 2) comprises a Core Module, which provides information on general wound healing, assessment and management principles and options. Initially, it was determined that specialty wound modules such as pressure ulcers, burns, skin tears, acute surgical wounds, traumatic wounds, plastics (skin grafts and flaps), leg ulcers, foot ulcers and malignant wounds were the modules most likely to be required. However, the 2007 WoundsWest Prevalence Survey identified a large number of wounds (61%) amongst obstetric patients [10] and it was deemed prudent to add a specific obstetric wound module, which would meet the specific needs of midwives and obstetricians.

WoundsWest Education Program

Fig 2:  WoundsWest Education Program

 

The module framework will also include a wellbeing and independence module, which will be developed to provide clinicians with expanded information, and health consumers with relevant information on nutrition, mobility, activity, pressure off-loading interventions and equipment (all modules are available online at no cost to the user (Figs 3 and 4) and can be accessed at: www.health.wa.gov.au/woundswest/education

 

Fig 3: WoundsWest Pressure Ulcer Module

Fig 3: WoundsWest Pressure Ulcer Module

 

Fig 4: WoundsWest Pressure Ulcer Module: Support Surfaces

Fig 4: WoundsWest Pressure Ulcer Module: Support Surfaces

 

Page Points

  • The WoundsWest Online Wound Management Education Program comprises a Core Module and evolving specialty wound modules
  • There are plans to include a wellbeing and independence module in the online programme