Wounds Australia has released a new publication to support healthcare professionals apply aseptic technique in wound care to assist in preventing infections.

“We are delighted to be releasing Application of aseptic technique in wound dressing procedure: a consensus document during Wound Awareness Week. This publication will help clinicians provide evidence based wound care, and meet infection standards whether they are working in a hospital, or someone’s home.” said Ms Anne Buck, Wounds Australia CEO.

“Healthcare associated infections are a significant issue and all health professionals must take responsibility for preventing infection. The Consensus Document is a resource for clinicians and service providers to guide wound dressing practice, policy and procedure.” said Ms Kerry May, Wounds Australia spokesperson.

“The recommendations have been developed as consensus statements by a diverse group of experts in wound care and infection prevention and control across many health care settings.” Ms May said.

“This publication will help ensure all Australians who are receiving wound care receive treatment that is evidenced based and reduces the risk of infection irrespective of where they are being treated” said Ms Buck.

Application of aseptic technique in wound dressing procedure is based on Standard 3 of the National Safety & Quality Health Service Standards and makes recommendations on how this standard can be achieved in wound dressing procedure. It covers wound cleansing, storage of wound products, the use and management of open-but-unused dressing products, and cleaning and environmental aspects.

Running from 16 to 20 October, Wound Awareness Week aims to draw much needed public and media attention to the issue of chronic wounds. Australians are being asked to ‘Be Wound Aware’, know the ‘Warning Signs of Wounds,’ and get treatment from healthcare professionals.