About the Course
Burns can be caused due to various reasons. Depending upon the severity of the wound, the care procedure varies a little but the basics remain the same. Caring for burn wounds fall under the critical care category of patient care. The primary goal of burn wound care is to provide comfort to the patient, eliminate risks of infection, stimulate healing and maintain functions of the affected area.
Dressing and cleaning of the wound is an important process in wound care. While the initial dressing may be done by the physician, all subsequent procedures of cleaning and dressing are done by the nurses. When performing this process, care must be taken to cause minimum discomfort to the patient and maintain perfect hygiene conditions.
This program on Burn Wound Care helps nurses practice the steps involved in caring for burn wounds.
The lessons are set in photo-realistic environments where learners practice the procedure on a virtual patient. The step-by-step directions provide a guided approach to the program, assisted with regular feedback on performance.
- Ability to perform proper burn wound care in a clinical setting
- Understanding of key equipment required
Removing Old Dressings
Hygiene standards must be maintained when removing old dressing. At the same time, it is important to avoid any kind of discomfort to the patient. Performing these tasks with efficiency requires practice. This module focusses on the steps involved in removing an old dressing from a burn wound. Since every step in the process is important, the activity is designed to encourage the learner to perform all the steps in the process, making sure that none are missed out. Adequate affordances are provided to ensure efficient execution and practice to help prepare for real-life scenarios.
Washing & Cleaning the Wound
Once the old dressing has been removed, the wound needs to be inspected, washed and cleaned. Proper washing and cleaning are very important before applying a fresh dressing. This module is designed to provide nurses practice in the task of washing and cleaning burn wounds after the old dressing has been removed. Once again hygiene standards need to be maintained and to emphasize on this aspect appropriate affordances are included in the lesson. As the activity is performed on a virtual human, the learner gets a realistic practice session which helps prepare for actual patient care tasks.
Applying Ointment & Fresh Dressing
Burn wounds leave the skin sensitive which makes it important to handle the affected area with a great degree of care. Having cleaned the wound and removed necrotic and broken blister tissues it is time for redressing. Ointment, if required, must be applied with extra care to avoid pain and discomfort followed by a gauze pad and layers of gauze to provide protection to the wound area. Learners, in this module, practice applying ointment to the wound area followed by a gauze wrapping exercise. Practicing this process is important as a gauze needs to be applied in a manner to protect the wound from further damage and infection and assist in the healing process.