6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
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Individuals with burn injuries present with unique and complex care needs that require a multidisciplinary approach to address the physical and psychological needs. This unit explores the causes of burn injuries, first aid and subsequent management and interventions to minimise complications such as scarring and contractures. Scar formation and management are investigated in detail including complications (both physical and psychological) that arise from scarring.
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Discuss immediate first aid and emergency management and its impact on a burn injury.
- Integrate burn assessment, topical or surgical management options, pain control and nutritional support into a management plan for a patient with a burn injury.
- Examine potential complications associated with burn injury and suggest how these could be prevented.
- Critically evaluate scar management interventions including medical/surgical management, pressure therapy, massage, silicone, exercise and splinting and demonstrate their appropriate use.
- Identify potential barriers that might impact on a patient's concordance with scar management interventions and make recommendations for overcoming these.
- Investigate the psychosocial impact of a significant scar on the individual's quality of life.
- Examine long term consequences of burn injury for the individual, carer/family members and health care professionals.
Two minor assignments: 30%
Major written assignment: 50% (hurdle)
Participation in online discussion boards: 20%
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 online discussion boards or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.
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