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VCW1102 - Wound assessment

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Victorian College of Pharmacy

Leader: Wendy McCulloch


Parkville First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Parkville Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Wound assessment is an integral component of the overall plan to effectively manage the wound healing process. To be able to effectively conduct an assessment of an acute/chronic wound, it is important that the clinician has a clear understanding of the client's personal environment along with the underlying aetiology and characteristics of the wound. This subject aims to provide a comprehensive framework for wound assessment that underpins all other units within the course.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the components of a wound assessment in the context of the whole person;
  2. Discuss client characteristics relevant to wound healing;
  3. Identify and discuss specific characteristics of a wound;
  4. Utilise a wound assessment framework to diagnose and describe a wound;
  5. Describe the stages and/or classifications of wounds;
  6. Identify and discuss criteria used to monitor wound progress;
  7. Use a wound assessment chart to interpret and communicate the progress of a wound.


Two minor assignments (30%), major written assignment (60%), participation in online tutorials (10%)