PGW5207 - Pressure injury management - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Ms Adriana Tiziani

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Unit guides





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 injuries. Management issues 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:

  1. Explain the significance of pressure injury from both a personal and community perspective.
  2. Critically appraise currently available clinical practice guidelines related to the prevention and/or treatment of pressure injuries.
  3. Review risk assessment tools and prevention strategies for use in the development of a pressure injury prevention plan.
  4. Formulate a treatment plan for an individual with an existing pressure injury demonstrating knowledge of assessment, monitoring and interventions required.
  5. Develop and implement a multi-disciplinary team approach in the management of a patient at risk of or with an existing pressure injury.
  6. Investigate the psychosocial impact of a pressure injury on an individual's quality of life.
  7. Communicate strategies for planning and evaluating care outcomes for patients with pressure injuries.


Two minor assignments: 30%

Major assignment: 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)

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PGW5130 (PGW1130)