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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsHello and welcome to antimicrobial stewardship in wound management module. We are absolutely delighted you've signed up for this course and we are looking forward to working with you throughout the next three weeks. As you'll have seen from the course outline, the course is split into three separate weeks. It'll take you approximately two hours to complete each section, but you can work through this at a slower pace if that works for you better. Week one talks about the history of antimicrobial stewardship and also starts to present why this is important in wound management. Week two will go into wound infection, talk about wound infection, and how antimicrobial stewardship works with wound infection. Week three will then bring the theory into practice.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsWe'll present different case studies to look at and to look at the knowledge and skills you've learned and implement these into your practice area. Because everything you've learned will be new, you'll want to change practice as well. And we know change can sometimes be difficult. So during week three we're going to discuss change management strategies that you'll learn about and then you'll be able to integrate these into your clinical practice as well. Throughout the course, we've got YouTube videos and different sorts of videos that will bring to light the theory that you'll be learning. There will be lots of extra reading as well.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsAnd we want you to read these different documents that we're going to give to you from the European Wound Management Association, and also from different wound infection societies and antimicrobial societies. This will help you gain more knowledge, but will also give you more confidence to be able to put these new ideas into practice. We're also going to be having multiple choice questions throughout the modules, where you'll be able to check your knowledge base as well. Don't worry if you get them wrong. You'll be able to go back and re-look at the information and redo the quizzes again. So it really doesn't matter if you don't know the answers first time.

Skip to 2 minutes and 5 secondsWhat is probably more important as well, though, is you reflect on your own clinical practice. And the knowledge and the skills that you learned throughout this course you can take back into the clinical areas and look at what you currently do and how antimicrobial stewardship is implemented into your own areas. What we suggest you do is you talk to senior staff on the wards. You talk to infection prevention and to the tissue viability nurses and medics that you'll be working with and see how they use antimicrobial stewardship in their practice.

Skip to 2 minutes and 38 secondsLook at any guidelines and policies you have, make yourself familiar with them, and they can reflect upon how you're going to use these, and use them effectively to improve patient outcomes. As I say, the course is split into three separate weeks of approximate two hours each week. Once you've completed all of this, you'll be able to download a certificate as well, so you'll be able to put those into your portfolio to show your continued professional development. Myself and the team look forward to working with you throughout this course and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy having you working with us. Thank you and enjoy.

Welcome to the course!

In this video Professor Karen Ousey welcomes you to the course.

The course has been created in collaboration with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and the European Wound Management Association.

We would like to acknowledge all those who made this course possible.

Wound management comprises of clinical measures, techniques, and interventions in the care of patients with wounds and focuses on providing an appropriate environment for healing. It consists of multiple goals and objectives:

• Healing.

• Stabilisation.

• Alleviation of pain or disease.

Control of wound infection today is mainly dependent on antibiotics, but the continual emergence of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms is the biggest hurdle we face. With this global threat looming over us, it is crucial that clinicians have sound knowledge on good principles of antimicrobial stewardship.

Treatment of various types of wounds is one of the more common reasons for prescribing antibiotics. This course is aimed at providing wound-care practitioners an understanding of:

• Antimicrobial stewardship and its beneficial effects on wound management.

• What a wound infection is.

• How to implement antimicrobial stewardship for patients with infected wounds.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at clinicians and healthcare professionals involved in wound management, delivering or planning stewardship programmes, infection prevention and control practices, public healthcare epidemiologists, leaders or policy makers in this area, public partners and anyone who wishes to learn about this discipline.

This online course offers a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals and others to learn about the importance of good antimicrobial stewardship and support its implementation into wound management.

So what’s coming up next?

Week 1 - This week will involve discussions on wound care, its history, and include an introduction on antimicrobial stewardship.

Week 2 - This week we will be taking a closer look at what a wound infection is, how to identify and diagnose it, how to manage it by appropriate selection of topical antimicrobials, and how to prevent it in the future. A best practices paper on management of wound infection by the International Wound Infection Institute (IWII) is explained in detail as well.

Week 3 - In this week, we focus on various techniques of implementation of antimicrobial stewardship. We will look at case studies by which you will be encouraged to evaluate strategies of wound care.

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The glossary of terms for this course can be found in the downloads section below.


Some of the images used in the course to show different types of wounds are graphic and may disturb some learners.

In the video, Professor Karen Ousey mentions that certificates can be downloaded at the end of the course; please note that this is only available to users who have upgraded access for the course.

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