Why all health care professionals need to be ‘wound aware’
Anyone working in health care will come access wounds. Whether you are a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, allied health professional or a personal care attendant, in hospitals, community settings or residential care. They may be surgical incisions, wounds that occur as the result of accidents through to the wounds that are complications of diseases and conditions and result in chronic wounds. These include diabetic wounds and venous ulcers or wounds of frailty and decreased mobility – pressure injuries.
As the population ages there will be more people at most risk of chronic wounds as they have one or more chronic diseases. HCP will see more and more wounds in the patients they care for regardless of the setting. While not all HCPs will pursue specialist knowledge and skills in wound management, it is important that you can assist your patients with slow healing or chronic wounds to get the best treatment for their wounds.
Wound management is rapidly changing with new products appearing regularly on the market and health care professionals, want to stay up to date with best practice wound management. Wounds Australia is committed to providing and facilitating education for health professionals through evidenced-based education forums.
Wounds Australia has a variety of free publications that can help all HCPs manage their patients’ wounds according to best practice. Our woundaware.com.au website also has information sheets that you can use for patient education.