A teaching assistant at Robert Gordon University (RGU) has taken part in a national conference to help train healthcare professionals to best prevent and treat wounds.
The conference – which was hosted by British-based medical equipment manufacturing company, Smith & Nephew – provided delegates with a detailed understanding of the burden of wound care and chronic wound treatment.
There were industry speakers on hand, who examined a variety of dressing types, their benefits and procedures. Following this, delegates took part in a workshop where they discussed a number of case studies and care action plans.
A key focus of a number of sessions was the T.I.M.E. paradigm (Tissue, Infection and Inflammation, Moisture Balance and Edge of the Wound).
This step-by-step approach allows practitioners to comprehensively assess a wound and examine what stage it is currently at and what action plan should be implemented.
Katie Baxter, who is the sole Nursing teaching assistant at RGU, said: “The main message from the conference was that medical practitioners need to keep their clinical knowledge up-to-date and this also carries over into nursing education.
“We need to make sure our students can select the appropriate dressing choice, while being aware of underlying patient circumstances that can affect wound healing and ultimately the patient’s psychological wellbeing. As the nurses of the future, it’s important that our students look at the whole patient, not just the hole in the patient.”
Professor Ian Murray, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “I was pleased that we could send Katie to this conference. Not only will she be able to pass on what she’s learned to our students, but it will also aid her own personal development.
“The School of Nursing and Midwifery is committed to proactively nurturing and developing our staff and improving the quality of teaching that we can offer to the next generation of healthcare professionals.”
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