The AWMA will make available from time to time various documents that pertain to the management of the Association or recommendations for clinical practice relating to the care of patients with wounds. Currently available for downloading from this site are
- Standards for Wound Management
- Australian and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers
- Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury
- Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline (2014 International Guideline)
- Managing Wounds as a Team
- Telehealth Framework Document
- Bacterial impact on wound healing: From contamination to infection
- AWMA Inventory of Wound/Skin Care products and devices
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Standards for Wound Management
Written standards of care provide a framework for clinical practice grounded in theory. The Standards for Wound Management aim to provide a foundation for promoting best practice in wound management to maintain and improve quality care outcomes for persons with a wound or potential wound. Organisations, institutions and individuals can use the Standards to lead clinical practice and guide the development of policies, procedures, tools and education programs.
AWMA released the first edition of the Standards in 2002. Whilst there are many similarities with the 2002 Standards, this revised and expanded 2nd edition includes a new Standard and increased detail concerning assessment and practice. Underpinning the Standards the evidence base has been updated to reflect contemporary practice and expectations. All wound practitioners are encouraged to obtain a copy of the Standards for Wound Management 2nd Edition.
The Standards are currently available as a free downloadable PDF file or in a professionally printed booklet . The document can be ordered in hard copy by using the downloadable order form. This document is sold at a minimal cost that covers the costs of printing and distribution.
To cite the Standards:
Australian Wound Management Association, Standards For Wound Management , West Leederville WA, Cambridge Publishing, 2010
Australian and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers
This guideline was developed by the Australian Wound Management Association and the New Zealand Wound Care Society. The guideline presents a comprehensive review of the assessment, diagnosis, management and prevention of venous leg ulcers within the Australian and New Zealand health care context, based on the best evidence available up to January 2011.
This guideline has been approved by The National Health & Medical Research Council and The New Zealand Guideline Group.
Please download and use the following information to assist in patient education.
Detailed information on various aspects of VLU presentation, management and prevention Three comprehensive information sheets are available inA4 on the following topics:
What is a VLU?
Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury
The Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury has been developed by the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA) and its subcommittee the Australian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel in partnership with independent, multidisciplinary experts throughout Australia and the New Zealand Wound Care Society, the Nursing Service, Ministry of Health, Singapore and Hong Kong Enterotomal Therapists Association.
Diagrams of Pressure Injury Stages are available in JPG format
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Photos of Pressure Injury Stages are available in JPG format
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Flow charts are available in JPG and PDF formats
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Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline
Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline is the result of a collaborative effort among the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA).
Managing Wounds as a Team
Accessing the variety of health care services required by people living with a wound can be a complex and often confusing experience. Similar challenges are frequently faced by health care personnel as they seek to navigate the many referral processes to coordinate a package of services for a client. Whilst the term interdisciplinary care is frequently used in wound management literature, detailed descriptions and pragmatic solutions for the implementation and operation of these are frequently missing. Questions such as; "how is time allocated to team meetings?", "how should funding models be changed to accommodate a team approach?", "can varied access to a medical record be achieved?" or "what facilitates mutual respect in the team?" are often not addressed. The Managing Wounds as a Team position document attempts to address such deficits. It has been developed as a collaboration between the AAWC, AWMA, and EWMA and is aimed at providing pragmatic advise for clinicians wishing to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the service provided to the client.
AWMA Telehealth Framework Document
In accordance with a request from some international groups the AWMA Educational and Professional Development Sub-committee (EPDSC) has developed guidelines for consideration when establishing a telehealth wound program.
The document covers areas where special considerations may need to be undertaken. Although the technological requirements are area specific, some suggestions have been provided. The areas of co- ordination, barriers and consent, together with an example of a consent form may assist clinicians when considering establishment of such a service in their area.
The funding of such models of care does and will most likely for some time remain unclear and require more specific guidelines in the future. AWMA provides this document as a framework to help in the delivery of clinical services to remote and rural patients.