At any given time, half a million Australians suffer with a chronic wound including pressure injuries and diabetic ulcers. Living with a wound can lead to physical complications, social and emotional issues, and financial implications for our patients and their families.
At Monash Health, we aim to provide effective wound management by engaging patients and their families in the development of a wound management plan, and utilising evidence based clinical practice. It is important to look out for early signs of a wound deterioration in patients including:
- Pain and heat – wounds that are red, swollen, hot and painful
- Odour – wounds with a strange or unpleasant smell
- Excess fluid – wounds that have a thick, yellowish fluid
- Slow healing – wounds taking longer than a month to heal
If you notice any of these signs, make sure to escalate to the treating team, your wound nurse consultant (wounds above the ankle) or podiatrist (wounds on or below the ankle).
The new Wound Assessment and Management Procedure and Wound Dressing Selection Guide Implementation Tool are available via PROMPT. These documents are designed to support you in providing care for patients with wounds.
If you are unsure of how to manage a wound or would like to know more, talk to one of our friendly Wound Nurse Consultants or Podiatrists available via switchboard.
Take our quick Wound Awareness Week Quiz to test your knowledge about wounds and their implications for patients.
You can find more information about Wound Awareness Week, which runs from 17 August to 23 August, and an educational video on the Wound Aware website.
Approved by Katrina Nankervis 17 August 2020