Care workers play an integral role in skincare and wound management for their clients. With aging, the older person becomes more susceptible to pressure injuries and skin tears that can lead to chronic wounds. This could be due to loss of skin elasticity, limited mobility, loss of sensation, neurological impairments, poor nutrition, and poor circulation.
Care workers may participate in skin/ wound assessment and play an active role in wound management along with the specialized nursing and health professionals. It is integral for care workers to undertake evidence-based learning to develop or upgrade their skincare and wound management knowledge.
Click on the links below for useful learning resources:
Wound care: A guide to practice for healthcare professionals
Wounds Australia – Publications
Wounds Australia – CPD activities
Aged Care Quality Standards and Wound Care: A Brief Review
The Strengthening Wound Management Practice Strategy