This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply contemporary wound management principles to the care of various types of wounds. It involves working with the interdisciplinary health care team to contribute to assessment, treatment and ongoing management of a person's wounds. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional practice standards, codes and guidelines, and; - performed wound care management, including wound assessment, health education and evaluation of the person's wound care in the workplace on 3 wounds, of which at least 1 must involve a simple wound dressing and at least 1 must involve a complex wound dressing.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards; - chain of infection; - community and educational resources and professional organisations associated with wound management; - historical development of contemporary wound management strategies; - pain management and medication administration timeframes appropriate to wound care; - causes of wounds; - organisation policy and procedures for wound care; - wound management terminology; - wound management techniques; - acute and chronic wounds; - wound management strategies; - selection of wound products, and; - comfort needs of people with wounds such as the need for pain management and relief.

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