Connected Wound Care

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 have created the Compression eLearning Package and Health Care Guides below. :

Compression elearning package:

CWC Compression poster

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    (available below) 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:

Instructional Videos 

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. 

 

Bandaging Skills Assessment Checklist

The bandaging skills assessment checklist, available in the elearning package,

icon 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).

Nursing health care guides:

Individual (client/resident) health care guides

 

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.)

More Information

- Connected Wound Care: partnerships informing Wound Management (Monash University)