Advanced Wound Debridement Workshop

  • Time: 1300-1500
  • Cost: $95
  • Facilitated by: Keryln Carville RN , STN(Cred), PhD, Professor Primary Health Care and Community Nursing, Silver Chain Group and Curtin University and Cheryl Franks

The consensus amongst eminent scientists and wound clinicians is that biofilms cause chronic wounds or alternatively, chronic wounds contain biofilm.  Wound bed preparation and biofilm based wound management are relatively synonymous terms for creating an environment in chronic wounds which is conducive to healing.  Wound cleansing and debridement are paramount interventions in this endeavour.  Debridement is derived from the French debrider to unbridle and relates to the removal of foreign bodies, necrotic or infected tissue. There are many methods employed for wound debridement and the advantages and disadvantages of each will be outlined in this workshop. However, the focus of the workshop will be primarily on developing clinical competency for conservative sharp wound debridement on an animal model (pig’s trotters) and an introduction to low frequency ultrasound debridement as an alternative method.


Keryln has extensive clinical experience and is committed to research and education within the domains of wound and ostomy care. She is
Chair of the Wounds Australia Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Australia Wound Standards Committee and Chairs the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. She was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association (now Wounds Australia) in 2006 and Life Membership of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses in 2015. She is a lead researcher in the Silver Chain and Curtin University Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) projects.




Cheryl_Frank_300Cheryl Frank has worked in Wound Management since 1989. Commencing in NSW community health as a CN for 8 years. Cheryl worked as the Wound Management CNC Gold Coast Health District 15 years. Cheryl accepted a voluntary redundancy in 2012, and commenced work with Wound Busters as a Director and worked with a Chinese Manufacturer to develop an ultrasonic debridement machine designed for Primary Health Care. Cheryl continues to work as a Director of Debriflo Pty Ltd. Cheryl has worked with ultrasonic debridement since 1999.




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