Pressure Area Care & Tissue Viability

Course Description

Our course is designed for individuals who may need to update their skills and knowledge on the topics of pressure area care and tissue viability (prevention and management of wounds) including aspects of skin and soft tissue wounds.

We also consider measures to prevent pressure area wound development, the different types of pressure area wounds and best practice when managing wounds.


Learning Outcomes

After this half-day course, attendees will be competent in the following areas:

• The anatomy and physiology of the skin
• Definition and grading of pressure ulcers
• How the blanch test can detect early signs of skin damage and skin inspection
• Identify those at greater risk of developing pressure ulcers
• Common sites for pressure ulcers to develop
• How to follow the agreed care plan
• Materials, equipment, and resources available to prevent and relieve pressure
• How to apply standards and precautions of infection control
• Understand the risk factor for pressure ulcers
• Differentiate between pressure, shear and friction forces
• Outline the role nutritional plays in the treatment and prevention of skin damage
• Examine the latest ways of cleaning skin to avoid damage
• Factors delaying the healing process



The session is followed by a multiple-choice assessment designed to test learners’ understanding of the course.

A certificate will be issued after the successful completion of the training course.

Attendees are continually assessed throughout the course to ensure learning outcomes have been achieved and must be physically able to carry out procedures required to meet assessment criteria.

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