Wound care is an on-going challenge in community health. Limited resources are available for use by staff in the arena of wound care, and those that exist are not standardised for use across the state.
Connected Wound Care is an initiative as part of the Victorian Wound Management Project, which aims to improve the management and treatment of chronic wounds within the Victorian community.
The Connected Wound Care (CWC) project was implemented as a collaboration between Regional Wounds Victoria and the Royal District Nursing Service (now Bolton Clarke). This resulted in the development of multiple resources to assist nursing staff and the people with wounds they are caring for to manage wounds such as leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers across the state.
The anticipated benefits of these tools for nurses and client/resident(s) are:
- They will improve wound outcomes for clients across the state by educating nursing staff and clients in important areas related to wound care;
- They will standardise the clinical approach to wound care within the community health arena across the state, as well as promoting best practice and incorporating the Active Service Model;
- They will inform nursing practice and educate client/resident(s) to help them become independent in certain aspects of their care.
The resources provided include:
- Health Care Guides with topics relating to wound management
- Compression Therapy Elearning package and videos demonstrating bandaging techniques available here
- Diabetes Foot Resource Kit - This kit was was developed to assist nurses to educate and enable individuals to independently care for their feet and prevent future problems from developing. It is also intended to be used as a tool for nurses to increase their awareness of diabetic foot problems, to assess these problems, and to learn about resources available for providing optimal care. The kit was sent to health services within the scope of the project.
CWC Your guide to the diabetes foot resources kit.pdf (includes instructions for using 10g monofilament)
Presentation about the Connected Woundcare project (Monash University Website) that was presented at the Australian Wound Management National Conference in Sydney, 2012 by Kylie Elder (Project Officer) and Lisa Hewitt (RWV representative).