Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Adriana Tiziani


Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at http://www.monash.edu.au/pharm/future/contact/


This Unit deals with the fundamental issues surrounding pressure ulcer prediction, prevention and management. An introduction into the impact that pressure ulcers have on the community will provide the basis for exploring the epidemiology, aetiology, causes and risk factors associated with the development of pressure ulcers. Skin assessment and pressure ulcer risk assessment tools will be investigated for their role in predicting and preventing pressure ulcer development. Management issues for pressure ulcers such as the selection and use of pressure redistributing devices will be explored, along with quality of life, legal and ethical issues.


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

  • Discuss the impact of pressure ulcer development on the community.
  • Discuss the aetiology, causes and factors which may lead to the development of pressure ulcers.
  • Describe the following: reactive hyperaemia, blanching erythema and non-blanching erythema.
  • Differentiate between the terms capillary pressure, capillary closing pressure and tissue interface pressure.
  • Distinguish between skin assessment and pressure ulcer risk assessment and discuss the importance of both.
  • Compare and contrast the Braden, Waterlow and Norton Scales for pressure ulcer risk assessment.
  • Discuss principles of pressure ulcer prevention.
  • Discuss principles of pressure ulcer management, including the use of pressure redistributing devices.
  • Identify quality of life issues for the person with the pressure ulcer.
  • Identify legal and ethical issue relating to pressure ulcers.


Two minor assignments: 30%
One major assignment/Case Study Report: 50% (hurdle)
Participation in online tutorials: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Students are expected to allow 10-12 hours per week over the semester in study time.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


PGW1130 (VCW1130)