Course Overview

Brief

This Course reviews risk identification, and minimisation, assessment, and management of pressure injuries, should they occur.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the pathophysiology of pressure injury and identify common risk factors
  • Identify measures that reduce the likelihood of pressure injury
  • Identify the stages of pressure injury accurately
  • State how to manage pressure injury

Topics include:

  • Pathophysiology of pressure injury and identification of common risk factors
  • Measures that reduce the likelihood of pressure injury
  • How to manage pressure injury

Target audience

All health professionals working in a variety of healthcare settings who care for adults who may be at risk for, or have developed, a pressure injury.

Purpose

Enhance knowledge and skills in regards to prevention and management of pressure injury.

Need

The prevention and management of pressure injuries is one of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. This demonstrates the significance of pressure injury as a serious adverse outcome within healthcare. However, despite this and a general consensus that most pressure injuries are avoidable, reported incidence rates from Australia and overseas are as high as 29%, with a calculated total annual cost that could be as high US$1.6 billion in Australia. Data collected from the author's organisation (a community-based nursing organisation providing predominantly in-home care) consistently showed that 20-25% of the chronic wounds were pressure injuries. Therefore, despite national and international clinical practice guidelines on the prevention and management of pressure injury, these significant, often debilitating and sometimes life-threatening, wounds continue to occur. Knowledge of best practice in pressure injury prevention and optimising management when they do occur has the potential to reduce pain, suffering and lessen the burden on all aspects of the healthcare system.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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