New wound care manual

A new free wound care manual has been released to address critical gap in nurse education.


New manual aims to address critical gap in emergency nurses’ education with guiding principles for the correct care of the most commonly faced wounds by emergency healthcare professionals.


The freely available manual published by Ausmed Education explores the most common wound types, including surgical wounds, abrasions, lacerations, pressure injuries and ulcerations.


Written by experienced surgical nurse, Jan Rice, the manual encourages clinicians to take a holistic approach to wound care when encountering a complex wound presentation.


This structured approach is essential,” Ms Rice said.


The most common error in wound care management is rushing in to select the latest and greatest new wound dressings without actually giving thought to wound aetiology, tissue type and immediate aim.”


Wound conditions are among the top 10 presentations to emergency departments in Australia.


86% of presentations surveyed in a 2016 study published in the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal were wound conditions.


The study by Cross, Jennings, McGuiness and Miller concluded that nursing workforce models, education and training needed to reflect the skill set required to respond to wound, skin and ulcer conditions.


The Wound Care Manual also includes video demonstrations of wound assessment and dressing techniques created by Ausmed Education to provide nurses with a practical demonstration.


The full Wound Care Manual can be accessed at


29 May 2017.