Course in Wound Closure and Suturing

2 day course $1245.00 (Per student Inc GST)

Course Code 10384NAT

As a method for closing cutaneous wounds, the technique of suturing is thousands of years old. Although suture materials and aspects of the technique have changed, the goals remain the same. Supporting and strengthening wounds until healing increases their tensile strength, closing dead space, approximating skin edges for an aesthetically pleasing and functional result and minimising the risks of bleeding and infection.

Suturing is an essential psychomotor skill in the everyday practice of medicine. Although suturing technique is important, the clinician must also have a thorough understanding of wound management in general to effectively care for a patient with a laceration.

Nurses and General Practitioners encounter many types of wounds requiring closure in primary health or an emergency environment. The decision to close a wound and the technique used are influenced by many factors, including location, depth and contamination of wound, age of patient and resources or time available.

Course in Wound Closure and Suturing

The Course in Wound Closure and Suturing (Course Code 10384NAT) is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required for Nurses, General Practitioners and relevant Allied Healthcare Workers to safely assess the need for and to perform wound closure in a variety of settings.

As part of this wound closure and suturing course for nurses, you will have the opportunity to explore a range of methods and learn the unique benefits and limitations of each technique that must be considered in each individual case. At the completion of the program, you will have the skills and knowledge to determine the best wound closure technique for a wound to achieve durability, simplicity, excellent cosmetic outcome, and overall patient satisfaction.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the course cost?

    The Course in Wound Closure and Suturing (Course Code 10384NAT) costs $1245.00 per student.

  • Will this course enable me to perform wound closure in my workplace?

    Yes, suturing and wound closure can be added to your scope of practice as long as certain conditions are met. You must be qualified (have competently completed the Benchmarque Group or similar accredited course) and you must be authorised (a policy or procedure stating the conditions that need to be met for you to perform wound closure in each workplace that you are employed in, as these conditions may differ from city to rural or remote location with regard to autonomy). If these criteria are met, then you can safely perform wound closure.

  • How long does the Program take to complete?

    The program will require approximately 40 hours to complete.

  • What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

    Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.

    The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.

  • How many CPD hours will I achieve for completing this program?

    As a general guide, one (1) hour of active learning equates to one (1) hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.

    For all other health professionals completing this program, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.

  • How long do I have to complete the assessment?

    12 Months. The time is calculated from when a student is provided with online access to their assessment. Within the BenchmarqueIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 12 months to complete and submit all required assessment activities. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure an assessment is completed on time. At the completion of the 6 month period, students can request up to a maximum of 2 extensions, each extension being for a period of 90 days. If requesting a second extension, the request must be in writing.

  • What if I cannot complete the assessment in the allocated time?

    If the entire 12 month period expires and a final assessment has not been submitted, The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to deem the assessment Not Competent and remove the student from the program.

  • How many times can I submit my assessment?

    If you are deemed Not Yet Competent on your first and second assessment submissions, feedback will be provided. It is very important that you read all the feedback provided. The Assessor will have identified any areas where additional evidence is required or any questions that need to be reviewed and resubmitted. If, after 3 unsuccessful submissions, you are unable to demonstrate competency on your assessment, your assessment will be deemed Not Competent. Feedback will be provided to you and what the possible following steps and outcomes are.

  • What will I practice with?

    During the first day of your workshop, you will be using specialist suture boards. During the second day you will be provided with animal products (including pig and chicken) that mimic human anatomical structure.

    If for some reason you do not wish to use animal products, alternative materials can be provided. Please contact us prior to your course start date to discuss these options.

  • Will I need to do a test?

    Yes. As a nationally accredited course, we are required to gain evidence of your competency. During your workshop you will be provided with a printed copy of the theory assessment.

  • Is this course recognised by industry?

    Yes. The course is currently endorsed by the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) and carries there endorsement logo.

  • How do I gain evidence of competency?

    We assess competency in 2 ways.

    During the two days of face-to-face study, you will be required to complete a number of practical skills demonstrations. These will be assessed during the workshop by the endorsed facilitator.
    You are required to complete the written assessment portfolio and submit it to The Benchmarque Group

  • What happens if I fail?

    If you do not achieve a result deemed competent, we will contact you directly and provide you with the opportunity to submit additional evidence.

  • How long does the assessment take?

    If you commence your assessment immediately after reading the materials or having just completed your face-to-face workshop, it should take you no more than 4 hours to complete.

  • Am I required to provide feedback?

    Yes. At the start and finish of your workshop, you will be asked to provide feedback. It is very important that you assist us by completing these feedback sheets to enable us to improve our courses and future delivery of our programs.

Snapshot

Course Outline

The Course in Wound Closure and Suturing is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required for nurses and relevant allied healthcare workers to safely assess the need for and perform wound closure in a variety of settings.

Nurses and General Practitioners encounter many types of wounds requiring closure in primary health or an emergency environment. The decision to close a wound and the technique used are influenced by many factors, including location, depth and contamination of wound, age of patient and resources or time available.

As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to explore a range of methods and learn the unique benefits and limitations of each technique that must be considered in each individual case.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the student will have the skills and knowledge to determine the best wound closure technique for a wound to achieve durability, simplicity, excellent cosmetic outcome, and overall patient satisfaction.

Students will learn to close wounds using a variety of methods and materials including sutures, skin staples, tissue adhesive and adhesive strips.

Types methods will include single interrupted, vertical mattress, skin flap closure, superficial and deep subcuticular deep closure including closing biopsy and excision sites.

Activities will include:

• Wound assessment
• Identifying and managing different types of wounds
• Using local anaesthetic
• Closure methods and selection of appropriate materials
• Demonstrations
• Simulated wound closure
• Practical techniques and simulated assessment tasks
• Documentation and follow up
• Referral

Units of Competency

• WCSAEW001B Assess and examine wounds
• WCSCMW002B Close and manage wounds
• WCSROS003B Remove sutures

Entry Requirements

• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Other

Pre Reading

No pre-reading

Course Delivery

• Two (2) day face to face workshop
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ

Assessment Requirements

To achieve competency in this course, students must:

• Competently complete an assessment covering essential knowledge and skills.
• Demonstrate competency through a series of continuous practical skills assessments throughout the duration of the course including the demonstration of various wound closure techniques which are recorded in the student’s Assessment Portfolio.

What to expect

The study days are primarily skills based with only a half day of lecture on day one, from this point it’s all practical.

The practical elements will include the demonstration and practice of various suturing techniques, use of tissue glue and staples to close wounds.

Each student is provided with their own set of suturing and wound closure resources for use during the course.

Simulated would closure is performed using pig trotters and chicken thighs to simulate human tissue, the facilitator is there to guide and help you develop your technique and will be constantly checking your work and assessing your technique during each session.

Morning tea and lunch are provided both days.

What to bring

All course materials are supplied. Students find having a few different coloured pens and a highlighter can be useful, make sure you bring your glasses if required.

Estimated hours of study (including assessment)

40 hours

Assessment Period

12 months.

The time is calculated from when a student is provided with online access to their assessment. Within the BenchmarqueIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 12 months to complete and submit all required assessment activities. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure an assessment is completed on time. At the completion of the 6 month period, students can request up to a maximum of 2 extensions, each extension being for a period of 90 days. If requesting a second extension, the request must be in writing.

If the entire 12 month period expires and a final assessment has not been submitted, The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to deem the assessment Not Competent and remove the student from the program.

CPD Hours

As a general guide, one (1) hour of active learning equates to one (1) hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.