This unit (HBD3202) will build on knowledge from the Dermal Sciences units and is a pre-requisite for Resurfacing Science: Theory and Practice, Advanced Laser 1 & 2, Plastics: Aesthetics and Reconstructive Procedures and Clinical Dermal Practicum 1 & 2. Concepts covered include: infection, infectious processes and infection control in the healthcare setting, complications and abnormalities in wound repair as well as management of wounds and skin integrity within the scope of dermal practice. Students will apply learning and perform a range of techniques to prevent and manage infection and complications to healing as may be experienced in dermal practice.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate infectious processes and evaluate infectious control methods employed in a health care setting;  
  2. Analyse risks involved in managing wounds that can complicate healing and cause adverse outcomes and provide management strategies;  
  3. Assess and classify a variety of wounds;  
  4. Present patient care plans in the role as dermal clinician for the assessment and management of wounds;  
  5. Consult with health care professionals and coordinate referral to health practitioners in the care of clients with wounds;  
  6. Adapt knowledge and treatment techniques within the scope of the dermal clinician to client scenarios.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Oral Presentation (10-15 minutes, 1000 words) 20%
Practicum Practical Assessment (45 minutes) 35%
Assignment Written Assignment (2000 words) 45%
To pass this unit, students must achieve an aggregate score of 50%, pass the practical assessment and Six (6) Topic tests as a summative assessment and revision (these tests do not add to the final grade). The practical assessment is a hurdle requirement that assesses a student's capabilities to perform the relevant modalities. An additional hurdle requirement is that students attend a minimum of 90% of clinic sessions to further demonstrate their practical skills and capabilities in a clinical setting.

Required reading

Microbiology and infection control for health professionals 4th ed.
Bishop. P. & Lee. G. (2009)
Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education.

Wound Care: A collaborative practice manual for health professionals 4th ed.
Sussman. C & Bates-Jensen. B (2013)
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

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