Wound Care Zone

Time Title
09:30 - 10:30 Liz Oven
The importance of assessing the wound bed to allow clinical decision making regarding treatment options
10:50 - 11:50 Liz Oven
The role of compression therapy in the management of venous disease - mode of action. Different types of compression with an emphasis on compression bandage including the science and art of compression bandaging
12:10 - 13:10 Jackie Stephen-haynes
Talk TBC
14:10 - 15:10 Jackie Stephen-haynes
Talk TBC
15:30 - 16:30 Jackie Stephen-haynes
Talk TBC

Liz Oven

Bio: I qualified as a General Nurse in 1979 and gained experience in medicine, psychiatry and general surgery nursing. Following my district nurse training in 1983 I worked as a district nurse in West Hertfordshire Community Trust, working with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT), managing a caseload of patient. I worked as leg ulcer specialist nurse in 2001, working in a nurse-led leg ulcer clinic and provided education to health care professionals (HCP’s) in leg ulcer care.

I began employment in Hillingdon Community Trust in 2004 as the lead tissue viability nurse specialist (TVN) where I worked until July 2015. My role allowed me to have a unique privileged position of working across a range of settings from the patient’s bedside to the board of directors. I provided holistic care for patients with complex wounds outlining care plans, working with the MDT and advising HCP’s regarding wound assessment and management.

In 2012, I became a module leader for tissue viability at Buckinghamshire New University, alongside which I currently work as a freelance TVN, undertaking a clinical role in wound clinics and providing education to HCP’s across the country.

Wound dressing selection
The selection of dressings for wound management can often be daunting for the practitioner, particularly with so many products being available on the market and the emphasis on cost reduction in the NHS. The aim of the session is to understand the importance of wound assessment using the TIMES acronym in order to develop an appropriate wound management care plan. Following assessment, dressing options for wound management can be chosen, which will also be influenced by local formulary and cost. The session will focus on the different categories of dressing products, their mode of action and benefits and examples and cost implications. The session will end with a few case studies for delegates to interact in decision making for selection of dressings for different wound types.

Compression therapy
Compression therapy is the gold standard treatment for venous leg ulcers. Different compression therapy options are available in the UK and will be explored briefly. This session will mainly focus on the theory of compression therapy, mode of action, compression bandaging and options for selection. Top tips for application of bandages and monitoring of the patient having compression therapy will be included.