This course begins with a look at skin, its characteristics and functions and some statistics.
Pressure ulcers, bedsores and pressure sores are described in detail, including symptoms, risk factors, where they occur and how to treat them, including the changing of dressings and monitoring the progress and effectiveness of the treatment. Case studies are provided as examples of symptoms, factors and risks.
An analysis is provided of equipment and materials and how they work to prevent and cure pressure ulcers. Risk assessment tools are explored including the Braden Scale, which uses six sub-scales to determine the risk of developing a pressure ulcer and the Waterlow Scale which uses nine factors to determine risk.
Finally, the Norton Scale uses five factors to determine risk. The five step process (SSKIN) is described for prevention and treatment of pressure sores.
On completion of this course, learners will have a good understanding of and be able to:
- Identify anatomy and physiology of the skin in relation to pressure area care
- Define pressure injury and the risk factors involved
- Identify materials, equipment and resources available to support pressure area care
- Identify steps to take in the preparation of pressure area care
The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Virtual College certificate which you will be able to download and print immediately on completion.
It is anticipated this course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending on learning speed.
The target audience are healthcare professionals, including adult care workers.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?
Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.
If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.
If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.
Can I buy this course and give it to other people?
Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.
Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.
Is there a refund policy?
We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.
To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.
Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?
We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.
Is a specific internet browser recommended?
For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.
How long do learners have to complete a course?
There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.
Does the course contain sound?
Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.
How long is my certificate valid for?
There is no set time for how long a certificate is valid for. It is generally industry recognised that food allergen certificates are renewed every three years. However, some employers may require you to renew your certification every year.
Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.
If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.