Pressure ulcers can be extremely painful, difficult to treat and in some extreme cases even life threating. As a result, this course has been designed to provide learners with an increased awareness of the causes and contributing factors of skin pressure damage, referred to as ulcers. On completion of the module, learners will also have the required knowledge to assess the risk from pressure ulcers on individuals and knowledge of the relevant tools available to prevent damage occurring.
On completion of this course learners will:
- Recognise regulatory requirements,
- Define the term "pressure ulcer"
- Describe the basic structure of skin
- Describe the common sites for the development of pressure ulcers
- Outline the role nutrition and health play in the prevention of skin damage
- List aids to prevent and relieve pressure.
Areas covered in this Virtual College course include:
- Welcome and learning objectives
- Normal Skin
- Pressure ulcers and risk factors
- Equipment and good practise
The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.
Approximately 2 - 3 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.
This course is aimed at all employees working in the Health and Social Care Sector who work with individuals susceptible to pressures ulcers. The course is also suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about tissue viability, its causes and potential treatment.