Wound Cleansing and Debridement

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CPD45m of CPD
First Published
Updated28 February 2019
Expires 12 July 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course is designed for any health professional who manages people requiring a wound dressing.

  • Wound aetiology
  • Tissue identification
  • Patient and wound-related factors that will impact on wound cleansing
  • Common solutions used for wound cleansing
  • Demonstration of techniques, products and equipment

Wound cleansing aims to remove excess exudate, dressing remnants and non-viable tissue from the wound to promote healing and reduce infection risk. The various types of debridement are forms of wound cleansing. Whilst health professionals are familiar with the ritual of wound cleansing, many may lack the skills and confidence to effectively cleanse wounds.

Whilst there is a focus on the products and solutions suitable for wound cleansing, there is a lack of practical guidance on how to actually cleanse wounds. Utilising the appropriate processes for wound cleansing will benefit patients and is as important as wound dressing product selection.


The purpose of this Course is to enhance knowledge, skills and confidence with regards to effective wound cleansing and debridement.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the assessment components necessary prior to wound cleansing
  • Identify the techniques and solutions that can be used for wound cleansing and debridement and their clinical indications
  • Explain how to effectively cleanse and debride wounds
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to all registered nurses and other health professionals working in a variety of health care settings who deal with wounds and wound care on a regular basis.


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CPD45m of CPD
First Published
Updated28 February 2019
12 July 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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