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VCW1103 - Wound dressings

3 points, SCA Band 3, 0.063 EFTSL

Postgraduate Victorian College of Pharmacy

Leader: Melinda Brooks


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


A wound dressing is a therapeutic agent and the choice of dressing will aid in optimising wound healing. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a universal dressing. Each wound is unique. This unit will provide students with an increased understanding of the history and advances of wound dressings and include the classification, properties and application of modern wound dressing.


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

  1. Explain a basic history and development of wound dressings;
  2. Identify the classification and properties of modern wound dressings;
  3. Demonstrate and justify the selection of appropriate dressing products for different wounds;
  4. Explain the composition, structure and use of bandages;
  5. Explain the role of antimicrobial and antibiotic agents in wound care;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of new technologies in wound dressings


Minor Assignment (30%), major written assignment (60%), participation in online tutorials (10%)


VCW1101; VCW1102