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The skin is the largest organ of the body, making up 16% of body weight and has several vital functions including immune function, temperature regulation, sensation and vitamin production. This course is developed for all Healthcare Workers who are involved in the assessment, treatment and ongoing management of wounds. The course will support clinical decision making in relation to the assessment and management of wounds, in line with individual professional competence.

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Who Should Enroll?

All Healthcare Workers involved in wound care.

Course Design

The course is offered using participatory methods and building on shared knowledge with the participants.

Course Content

  • Wound care in the South African context
  • Afrocentric wound care approach
  • Basic anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • Physiology of wound healing and barriers influencing wound healing
  • Wound assessment and classification of wounds
  • Categories of wounds (acute, chronic, arterial, venous, trauma or post-operative)
  • Five pillars of wound care:
    • Oxygenation of the wound
    • Nutrition of the wound
    • Moist wound healing
    • Infection control
    • Waste management and wound care
  • Understand bandages and bandaging/dressings in wound care;
  • Effective wound care:
    • Cleaning and debriding wounds
    • Approach to acute wounds (e.g. stabbing, dog bites, finger and burn wounds)
  • Dressing selection and application
  • Aseptic dressing change technique
  • Maintenance of the healed wounds (including compression hosiery and off-loading the foot)
  • Infection control
  • Documentation, recording and reporting


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should fully attend the workshop and successfully complete the assessment process.


Space is limited, book early to avoid disappointment.
R 4 700.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and taxes where applicable). Space is limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

Venue Date
Gauteng 24 – 26 July 2019
Gauteng 14 – 16 August 2019
Gauteng 23 – 25 October 2019

Contact Details

Mrs. Annatjie Peters

Tel: 012 816 9100
Fax: 086 550 3692
E-mail: Nursing@foundation.co.za
Address: PO Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website: www.foundation.co.za