CPD45m of CPD
Total Rating(s)430
First Published31 May 2016
Updated28 February 2019
Expires30 December 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course is designed for any health professional who manages people requiring a wound dressing.


  • Wound aetiology
  • Tissue identification
  • Patient and wound-related factors that will impact on wound cleansing
  • Common solutions used for wound cleansing
  • Demonstration of techniques, products and equipment


Wound cleansing aims to remove excess exudate, dressing remnants and non-viable tissue from the wound to promote healing and reduce infection risk. The various types of debridement are forms of wound cleansing. Whilst health professionals are familiar with the ritual of wound cleansing, many may lack the skills and confidence to effectively cleanse wounds.

Whilst there is a focus on the products and solutions suitable for wound cleansing, there is a lack of practical guidance on how to actually cleanse wounds. Utilising the appropriate processes for wound cleansing will benefit patients and is as important as wound dressing product selection.


The purpose of this Course is to enhance knowledge, skills and confidence with regards to effective wound cleansing and debridement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the assessment components necessary prior to wound cleansing
  • Identify the techniques and solutions that can be used for wound cleansing and debridement and their clinical indications
  • Explain how to effectively cleanse and debride wounds

Target Audience

This Course is relevant to all registered nurses and other health professionals working in a variety of health care settings who deal with wounds and wound care on a regular basis.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Sue Templeton

Sue Templeton works as the Nurse Practitioner: wound management for RDNS SA. Sue has worked in wound management since 1987 and has extensive clinical experience managing a variety of acute and chronic wounds. Sue provides clinical consultancy services, develops and delivers wound management education, and is involved in the development of wound management tools, policies, and procedures. Sue has been involved in AWMA/Wounds Australia at a national and local level for a number of years. Sue has undertaken clinical research and published and presented locally, nationally, and internationally. Sue has been involved in the development of several national and international guidelines and is active in a number of state and national committees. Sue is passionate about improving the lives of people with a wound and empowering others to deliver best practice in wound management.

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The Ausmed Education Learning Centre is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider number is P0342.

CPD45m of CPD
Total Rating(s)430
First Published31 May 2016
Updated28 February 2019
Expires30 December 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Wound Management
Community Nursing
Antibiotic Resistance
Clinical Assessment
Infection Prevention
Integumentary and Skin
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

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430 Total Rating(s)

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Susan Hopkins
21 Aug 2019

I found this to be educational, however I found it difficult at times as the program kept dropping out and I had to re-start it.

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Lyn Margaret Thomas
17 Aug 2019

Well presented by the presenter for the beginning clinician.

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Angela Tomaras
12 Aug 2019

Very informative and simple methods to apply in practice.

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Rinu Kannachel Mathew
04 Aug 2019


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Khushboo Maiyani
01 Aug 2019

Great resource.

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Lourdes Fernando
31 Jul 2019


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Amy Almack
25 Jul 2019

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Heather Paul
23 Jul 2019

Common products were discussed but not promoted.

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Sallyanne North
22 Jul 2019

Great content

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Harriet Bradley
19 Jul 2019