Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


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 injury prediction, prevention and management. An introduction into the impact that pressure injuries have on the community will provide the basis for exploring the epidemiology, aetiology, causes and risk factors associated with the development of pressure injuries. Skin assessment and pressure injury risk assessment tools will be investigated for their role in predicting and preventing pressure injury development. Management issues for pressure injuries 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 injury development on the community.
  • Discuss the aetiology, causes and factors which may lead to the development of pressure injuries.
  • 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 injury risk assessment and discuss the importance of both.
  • Compare and contrast the Braden, Waterlow and Norton Scales for pressure injury risk assessment.
  • Discuss principles of pressure injury prevention.
  • Discuss principles of pressure injury management, including the use of pressure redistributing devices.
  • Identify quality of life issues for the person with the pressure injury.
  • Identify legal and ethical issue relating to pressure injuries.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in tutorials or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


PGW1130 (VCW1130)