The ability to close a wound is an important part of healthcare, however, there are many methods of wound closure, all of which work differently to achieve the same result.
Wound closure training equips nurses and other healthcare professionals, with the necessary skills to provide effective patient care. Knowing how to proficiently close wounds will ensure proper healing and reduces the risk of complications such as infection or delayed healing. It is also important to know what method of wound closure to use for different wounds.
The Wound Closure Training Course is designed to provide participants with the essential knowledge and hands-on skills required to proficiently perform wound closure procedures. This course emphasizes the importance of infection control, wound assessment, and appropriate wound closure techniques. Participants will gain practical experience in suturing, stapling, and adhesive methods while prioritizing patient comfort and optimal healing outcomes.
There are 3 main types of wound closure that are covered by our training course. These include:
Knowing all of these is essential, so by putting them all into our one-day course it leaves you feeling confident that you can seal a wound safely using all three methods.
Suture training involves the use of sutures to close wounds. During suture training, delegates learn various techniques such as simple interrupted sutures. These techniques require precision and attention to detail to achieve optimal wound closure. There are different types of sutures used in wound closure, including absorbable and non-absorbable sutures. Absorbable sutures break down naturally over time and do not require removal while non-absorbable sutures need to be removed after a certain period.
The benefits of using sutures include their strength in holding tissues together during the healing process. Additionally, they allow for precise control over wound edges alignment which promotes better cosmetic outcomes.
Wound staple training involves the use of sterile surgical staples to close wounds instead of traditional suturing techniques. Staples are commonly used for large incisions or lacerations as they provide rapid wound closure with minimal tissue reaction.
During staple training sessions, participants will learn how to properly place staples along the wound edges using a specialised stapling device. This technique is particularly useful when working on areas where achieving precise alignment might be challenging due to anatomical factors.
Staples offer several advantages over other methods of wound closure such as speed and ease of application. They also provide excellent wound support and reduce the risk of tissue strangulation. However, staples may not be suitable for wounds located in areas with increased tension or where cosmesis is a concern.
Wound glue, also known as a tissue adhesive, is a relatively new method used for wound closure. It involves the application of a special medical glue to hold the wound edges together. It being new compared to other methods means it isn’t always covered in training courses, despite its usage in many medical settings.
On our wound glue training course, delegates learn how to properly apply the glue in thin layers along the wound and ensure proper adhesion.
The advantages of using wound glue include its simplicity and ease of use. It does not require specialised equipment like sutures or staples, making it convenient for use in various clinical settings. Additionally, wound glue minimises patient discomfort during removal as it naturally sloughs off over time. However, patients with allergies to cyanoacrylate-based glues should avoid this method of closure.
By the end of this course, participants should be able to:
This course aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to perform wound closure procedures competently, safely, and in alignment with infection control practices. Participants will develop confidence in selecting and applying suitable closure methods while prioritizing patient comfort and optimal wound healing outcomes.
The Guardian Angels wound closure training course takes a single day. Completing the course allows you to obtain a certificate valid for two years.