This unit of study will evaluate the burden of wounds on Australian society and the impact on health care consumers. Students will explore the principles of both acute and chronic wound management underpinned by research and evidence base available both nationally and internationally. Unit content will explore aetiology and physiology, wound assessment and management, including documentation, infection control, nutrition and psycho-social implications. Dressings and adjuvant therapies linked to acute wounds (surgical and traumatic, including burns) and chronic wounds (leg ulcers, pressure injuries, diabetic foot ulcerations, and malignant wounds). Content will also be informed by person-centred, interdisciplinary, integrated continuity of care approaches to prevention, management and service delivery as these relate to wounds.
Student assessment (100%) conducted throughout the semester, as advised within the relevant unit of study outline