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 courses 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.
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/points will I achieve for completing this Program?
20 CPD Hours.
For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 20 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.
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.
How long do I have to complete the assessment?
We encourage you to complete your assessment within 12 weeks of completing your workshop, however, you have up to 12 months to submit it. During this time, we will send you some friendly reminders.
What if I cannot complete the assessment?
If you are unable to complete your assessment you can contact us and we may be able to assist you.
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.
The Course in Wound Closure and Suturing is a short course 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. At the completion of the program, the participant 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.
At the completion of the program, the participant 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.
Units of Competency
• WCSAEW001B Assess and Examine wounds
• WCSCMW002B Close and Manage Wounds
• WCSROS003B Remove Sutures Wounds
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Two (2) day face to face workshop
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ
Estimated hours of study
40 hours of active learning
To achieve competency in this course students must: Achieve 80% pass in written responses in the workbook, successfully complete all practical clinical assessments conducted during the training.
Assessment for Close and Manage Wounds and Remove Sutures is performed as an ongoing strategy during and after the course study days. During the workshops, there is continual assessment of various wound closure techniques which are recorded in the participant’s Assessment Portfolio. Completion of the workbook activities is undertaken online using BenchmarqueIQ.
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 involving the demonstration and practice of various suturing techniques, use of tissue glue and staples to close wounds, skills activities apply the use of training boards initially then adopt the use of 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/afternoon tea and lunch are provided.
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 you require them for close work.
As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one 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.
The Australian Primary Care Nurses Association (APNA)