Continuing Professional Development: Wound care in the prehospital setting

OverviewThis CPD module is aimed to provide an overall and generic approach to wound management, since it is not possible to provide a detailed approach for each type of wound that a paramedic may be presented with. This module will detail a brief overview of the anatomy and physiology of skin, an overview of different types of wounds, a review of wound infections and, with an associated understanding of the wound healing process, present a range of wound management products that are suitable for different types of wounds, such as a bleeding or sloughy wound. By understanding the nature of wounds, through which aspect of the skin is damaged and the associated pathophysiology, the available wound management products will become logical. There is unfortunately scarce information regarding wound management in the current Joint Royal College Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) Guidelines (JRCALC, 2006). Ambulance Trusts will have some form of policy/procedure or guidelines documenting the management of wound care and this CPD module aims to supplement this guidance.Learning OutcomesAfter completing this module you will be able:• Review the anatomy, physiology and functions of the skin.• Provide an overview of the various types of wounds presenting in prehospital care.• Explore and describe the key concepts involved in wound healing.• Provide an overview of the different types of dressings available.• Suggest a wound management guide for prehospital care.

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