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Short Course in Wound Care for Nurses

The skin is the largest organ of the body, making up 16% of body weight and has several vital functions including immune function, temperature regulation, sensation and vitamin production. This course is developed for all Healthcare Workers who are involved in the assessment, treatment and ongoing management of wounds. The course will support clinical decision making in relation to the assessment and management of wounds, in line with individual professional competence.

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Face-to-face: 2 Days


R 4,560.00 (inclusive of VAT and all taxes)

Accredited Institution

Foundation for Professional Development

Who should enrol?

All Healthcare Workers involved in wound care.

Course Design

The course is offered using participatory methods and building on shared knowledge with the participants.

Course Content
  • Wound care in the South African context
  • Afrocentric wound care approach
  • Basic anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • Physiology of wound healing and barriers influencing wound healing
  • Wound assessment and classification of wounds
  • Categories of wounds (acute, chronic, arterial, venous, trauma or post-operative)
  • Five pillars of wound care:
    • Oxygenation of the wound
    • Nutrition of the wound
    • Moist wound healing
    • Infection control
    • Waste management and wound care
  • Understand bandages and bandaging/dressings in wound care;
  • Effective wound care:
    • Cleaning and debriding wounds
    • Approach to acute wounds (e.g. stabbing, dog bites, finger and burn wounds)
  • Dressing selection and application
  • Aseptic dressing change technique
  • Maintenance of the healed wounds (including compression hosiery and off-loading the foot)
  • Infection control
  • Documentation, recording and reporting

To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should fully attend the workshop and successfully complete the assessment process.

About the FPD Nursing School

The FPD strategic direction focuses on rapidly expanding FPD’s educational offering (both formal qualifications at under- and postgraduate level and professional development courses). This will involve expanding the number of FPD schools, curricular development and instructional design capacity and leveraging FPD Group ICT capacity to enter into strategic partnerships with international e-learning providers and expand FPD’s offering of blended and e-learning courses. In designing curricula FPD will embrace a user-centric design and incorporate ethical decision making in curricular design during this strategic cycle. The massive shortage of healthcare professionals in Africa, has been highlighted respectively, by the World Health Organisation and the Academy of Sciences of South Africa’s report on Reconceptualising Health Professional Education.