About the course
- About Pressure Ulcers
- Preventing And Managing Pressure Ulcers
- Training and Assessment method
e-Learning, Online (exclusively over the Internet).Average study time
Multiple choice questions (instant results).
21 hours 20 minutesEvidence of achievement
(this time does not in anyway suggest that you personally will complete the course in this time. Some individuals study faster then others so the study time differs from individual to individual.)
BYTSYZ e-Learning Certificate of achievement and student transcript.This BYTSYZ online course is suitable for
This course is designed to raise awareness and educate those who care for and support those at risk of developing or suffering from pressure ulcers on a daily basis, including:
- health and social care professionals and practitioners
- senior carers
- care managers
- key workers
- family carers
- health and social care support workers
- domiciliary care workers
- anyone involved in caring for those who are at risk of or suffer from a pressure ulcer
- those working within the paid and voluntary sectors.
The course is also suitable for the continuous profession development (CPD) of health and social care professionals and practitioners alike.Course Description
Pressure ulceration is a complex problem that requires a systematic approach to its care. The education of health and social care practitioners must be a central theme to any strategy for pressure ulcer prevention.
Pressure ulcers can affect people of all ages, shapes and sizes. The aim of this course is to protect those vulnerable people from the dangers of pressure ulcer development or, if they already have one, to provide the best quality care and treatment available.
Pressure ulceration represents a major burden of sickness and reduced quality of life for sufferers and their carers alike. As the population grows older the at-risk group grows. Notwithstanding, the majority of pressure ulcers are preventable.
According to the Tissue Viability Society: 'Tissue viability is a growing speciality that primarily considers all aspects of skin and soft tissue wounds including acute surgical wounds, pressure ulcers and all forms of leg ulceration'.
Pressure ulcers are one important strand of tissue viability. A pressure ulcer is a breakdown of the skin and underlying tissue, caused when the area of skin is placed under pressure. They are sometimes known as 'bedsores' or 'pressure sores' and 'decubitus ulcers'.
This Pressure Ulcer Prevention And Management course is designed for health and social care practitioners as well as health and social care professionals who may need to update their knowledge on tissue viability in relation to pressure ulcers and related pressure area care and treatment.
The course considers pressure ulcer management in relation to their:
The overall aims of the course are to help practitioners and professionals:
- Have a detailed working knowledge of how pressure ulcers develop.
- Protect vulnerable people from the dangers of pressure ulcer development.
- Give the best quality treatment and care for those where a pressure ulcer exists.
The course's objectives are focussed on developing practitioners and professionals, who can provide care in a way that enhances their capacity to identify those at risk and provide the highest level of preventative care and ongoing treatment.
The course consists of two modules.
Module One – About Pressure Ulcers
This module focuses on the:
- structure and functions of skin and how it is affected by ageing
- causes of pressure ulcers and how they develop
- wound healing process and the impact of infection.
Module Two - Preventing And Managing Pressure Ulcers
This module focuses on the:
- risk factors that can lead to pressure ulcer formation and how to assess them
- methods used to prevent pressure ulcer formation
- care and treatment needed to prevent and manage pressure ulcers.
- Explain the anatomy, physiology and functions of the skin and how it is affected by ageing
- Identify the intrinsic and extrinsic causes of pressure ulcers, differentiating between pressure, shear and friction and explain the nature of pressure ulcers in relation to stages of development and the common sites where they occur
- Differentiate between the phases of wound healing and the factors that can lead to delay
- Identify the risk factors linked to the development of pressure ulcers, those at greatest risk of developing them and the importance of individual assessment
- Explain the importance of preventing pressure ulcers, including pressure relief, adequate nutrition and hydration
- Discuss the care needed for those at risk of developing a pressure ulcer
- Discuss the care needed for those with a pressure ulcer