Wound infection

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the workshop the delegates will:

Understand the burden of chronic Wounds 

Become familiar with the new Best Practice statement and the wound infection continuum

Test their knowledge on wound infection 

Observe a practical example of how to use a dressing to reduce infection.


Heather Newton MSc RGN Cert Ed

Consultant Nurse Tissue Viability Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Heather has been working in the field of Tissue Viability in Cornwall UK since 1995 and prior to this she managed a Dermatology Unit. She became a Consultant Nurse in 2005 – one of the first in the country, and has developed and led the Tissue Viability service at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust for 22 years.

Heather is well published and has presented her work nationally and internationally over the years. She has won a national award for her work reducing MRSA bacteraemia and continues to promote best practice in the field of Tissue Viability.

Heather also has responsibility in her Trust as the Non-medical prescribing lead, Mortality nursing lead and sits on the Trusts safeguarding board. She has a wealth of experience in professional nursing leadership and staff development.

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Wound assessment

Effective wound assessment increases the likelihood of a good outcome. The zone describes how to assess the wound, and when to reassess to determine if a change in treatment is required.

Wound infection

Infection is a major cause of wound-related problems. This session will get you thinking about how to identify infection in different wounds, how to distinguish infection from colonisation, and how to deal with each effectively.


Leg ulcer management

After this session, you will feel confident about how to assess, dress and compress venous leg ulcers. The hands-on sessions will help you assess patients so that you can select the best dressings and compression therapy for their needs. You will use a variety of tools to help you make appropriate and effective choices.

Wound PainPressure area care

Are you confident that you can prevent the preventable? This session will look at the risk factors associated with pressure ulceration, and demonstrate how you can avoid their occurrence in your day-to-day practice.

Wound exudate

There is more to assessment and management of exuding wounds than just applying a dressing. This session will explain how to assess an exuding wound, identify the type of exudate present and prepare it for treatment

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy


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