Wound management is very costly to the health system, especially because of the protracted course of the disease and the potential for secondary infections. Although the general annual costs for wound care in the UK have never been quantified, there is an estimative that the NHS expenses with advanced wound dressings alone amounts to £13 million per year. For specific wound groups, it has been reported that the costs associated with leg ulcers range between £300 - £600 million annually, and can reach up to £2.1 billion (or 4% of the annual NHS spend) for pressure ulcers care, with most of the costs related to nursing.
Chronic wound management should be optimised through a comprehensive and individual assessment of both the wound and the patient as a whole. As wound healing is a complex multifactorial sequence of events, primary and secondary health centres are supposed to have trained staff for wounds assessment, ideally composed by a multidisciplinary team. Each nurse or clinician participating in the wound care team should work within his/her scope of practice.
Once you complete the module - and achieve the minimum pass rate of 60% - you'll be awarded with a downloadable 1 hour CPD Certificate, which you can print or upload to your CPD Portfolio.
This module is composed of 10 assessment questions on dressings and wound care. On successful completion, you will have an improved understanding of:
The initial management for patients with chronic wounds
Patients at risk of chronic ulcers in order to implement preventive measures and policies
The most common causes of chronic ulcers
Symptoms and clinical signs of chronic wounds of different causes, particularly venous and/or arterial disease, diabetes mellitus and prolonged immobilisation
General measures and the most appropriate dressing, when needed, according to the wound clinical features
When to refer a patient with a chronic wound to a specialist