Wound care is an on-going challenge in community health. Limited resources are available for use by staff in the arena of wound care, and those that exist are not standardised for use across the state.
- Connected Wound Care - is an initiative as part of the Victorian Wound Management Project, which aims to improve the management and treatment of chronic wounds within the Victorian community.
The Connected Wound Care (CWC) project was implemented as a collaboration between Regional Wounds Victoria and the Royal District Nursing Service. This resulted in the development of multiple resources to assist nursing staff and their client/resident(s) in the management of wounds such as leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers across the state.
The anticipated benefits of these tools for nurses and client/resident(s) are:
- They will improve wound outcomes for clients across the state by educating nursing staff and clients in important areas related to wound care;
- They will standardise the clinical approach to wound care within the community health arena across the state, as well as promoting best practice and incorporating the Active Service Model;
- They will inform nursing practice and educate client/resident(s) to help them become independent in certain aspects of their care.
The CWC collaborative created:
Compression elearning package:
The Connected Wound Care collaborative developed an elearning package to facilitate implementation of best practice around compression bandaging skills in the management of venous leg ulcers.
The course is based on the 2011 Australian and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers, and nurses have access to this 90 minute course via their learning management systems.
The education includes theory, animation and video demonstrations to understand venous disease, its treatment and practical skills on the application of compression bandaging.
The learner is assessed on their theoretical knowledge, and at the end of the package staff can also print off a bandaging skills assessment checklist in order to practise, or be assessed on their ability to apply compression bandages.
The accessibility of this package is varied, dependant on the type of learning management system utilised in each region, and the way in which the RWV Clinical Nurse Consultants choose to deliver this package. In regional areas your RWV Clinical Nurse Consultant is the contact point for any queries regarding this initiative and Kylie Elder represents RDNS. Current availability as follows:
- Barwon SW Region: Available on DOTS learning management system. Contact Anne Bryant or Lesley Stewart here
- Gippsland Region: Available on ReHSeN learning management system. Contact Marianne Cullen here
- Grampians Region: Available on ReHSeN learning management system. Contact Marita Ticchi or Donna Nair here
- Hume Region: Available on ReHSeN learning management system. Contact Monika Samolyk or Gabrielle Munro here
- Loddon-Mallee Region: Available on ReHSeN learning management system. Contact Lisa Hewitt here
- The 6 instructional videos contained within the compression elearning package are also freely available to view via You Tube. Anyone can access these freely to support their own training or for review prior to attending the skill in practice. See links below.
Instructional Videos NOW available
Bandaging Skills Assessment Checklist
The bandaging skills assessment checklist, available in the elearning package, is also available for downloading here:
CWC_skills_assessment_checklist_for_compression_bandaging_systems_v4 (209.29 kB)
Health care guides:
These tools may be downloaded and printed in colour for educational use.
Hardcopies were initially distributed to:
- Regional HACC funded District Nursing campuses;
- Regional high level Public Sector Residential Aged Care campuses;
- Royal District Nursing Service;
- Meropolitan Melbourne:
- SACS funded Wound Clinics; and
- other HACC funded District Nursing Services (non RDNS).
Your guide to CWC print version (1.01 MB)
Nursing health care guides:
- Care of wound equipment and dressing field
- This resource has been withdrawn due to updated terminology associated with Aseptic Technique. Click here for more information. For support related to care of equipment and dressing field, please contact your local Infection Prevention Consultant or your RWV consultant.
- Skin tears
CWC Skin tears and assessment print version (661.79 kB)
- Nutrition for people with wounds
CWC Nutrition for wounds print version (712.5 kB)
Individual (client/resident) health care guides
- Footwear for high risk feet
CWC Footwear high risk feet print version (590.32 kB)
CWC Skin care and you print version (891.94 kB)
- Healthy eating for healing
CWC Healthy eating for healing print version (1.39 MB)
- Activity and healing your venous leg wounds
CWC Activity and healing print version (831.07 kB)
- Care of your compression garments
CWC Care of compression garments print version (802.93 kB)
- Care of your high risk feet
CWC Care of your high risk feet print version (445.94 kB)
Diabetes foot resource kit
- Your guide to foot resources kit print version (The Diabetes Foot Resource Kit was developed to assist you to educate and enable individuals to independently care for their feet and prevent future problems from developing. It can also be used as a tool for you to increase your awareness of diabetic foot problems, to assess these problems, and to learn about resources available for providing optimal care. The kit was sent to health services within the scope of the project.)
Your guide to foot resources kit print version (833.86 kB)
- Basic foot screening checklist and action plan (developed by Australasian Podiatry Council)
Basic foot assessment checklist print version (183.71 kB)
- Connected Wound Care: partnerships informing Wound Management (Monash University)
Kylie Elder | Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor - Wound Management
Royal District Nursing Service | 106 Bakers Rd, Coburg North, VIC 3048
T (03) 1300 33 44 55 | F (03) 9354 5928 | M 0439 346 022
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Updated 25 Jul 2016