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AJGP Clinical Challenge September 2019: Minor wounds

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
2 hrs

To discuss the management of minor wounds in general practice in Australia

Relevance to General Practice

Traumatic breaches of skin integrity are a common reason for presentation in the primary care setting. Although there are many published resources on the management of chronic wounds,1–3 there is a lack of guidelines for GPs on the management of acute post-surgical wounds in the community. GPs may see patients with wounds including burn injuries, with approximately 1% of the Australian population seeking medical assistance for a burn injury each year; many of these patients are children.4 The care of patients with traumatic wounds has shifted from hospital specialists to GPs;5 therefore, it is important that GPs are able to detect subtle changes in the wound characteristics in cases of abnormal healing and have a clear understanding of the rationale for wound dressings on postoperative wounds. GPs require a clear understanding of available wound care products and their applications to manage post-surgical wounds to reduce hospital readmissions and improve patients’ quality of life.

Learning outcomes
  • • discuss the principles of surgical repair techniques for simple linear lacerations
  • • formulate a basic framework for assessing and managing simple acute lacerations
  • • use a practical guideline for identifying early complications in post-surgical wounds and managing patients with complex wound dressing systems
  • • summarise the acute management of minor burns in children
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Appropriate mode of care delivery to suit the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Aboriginal and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander health
    • Adult health
    • Children and young people health
    AJGP Clinical Challenge September 2019: Minor wounds
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    2 hrs
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    4 cpd
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