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Wound care

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(1)

(b)

for the purpose of wound care, including the suturing of skin lacerations, perform a procedure on tissue below the dermis or below the surface of a mucous membrane

The Regulation states that registered nurses may carry out wound care without an order. This includes cleansing, irrigating, probing, debriding, packing and dressing. It also includes suturing a laceration.

BCCNM limits and conditions

1.

Providing a client-specific order for conservative sharp wound debridement, negative pressure wound therapy, maggot debridement therapy or compression therapy

 

 

  • May be done only by those registered nurses who have successfully completed one of the following wound management education programs (or an equivalent):
    • Nurse Specializing in Wound Ostomy Continence Education Program NSWOCC-EP
    • International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course
    • University of Toronto Master of Science in Community Health: Wound Prevention and Care
    • University of Western Ontario Master of Clinical Science: Wound Healing
    • Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program.

2.

Carrying out conservative sharp wound debridement, negative pressure wound therapy, maggot debridement therapy or compression therapy

 

 

    • May be performed within autonomous scope of practice by registered nurses who have successfully completed the education requirements in 1. (above).
    • All other registered nurses must:
      • have a client-specific  order, and
      • successfully complete additional education.

3.

Diagnosing conditions associated with wounds below the dermis or below the surface of a mucous membrane

 

 

    • May be done by registered nurses who have successfully completed the education requirements in 1. (above).
    • All other registered nurses must:
      • follow an established decision support tool, and
      • successfully complete additional education.

4.

Suturing skin lacerations

 

 

    • All registered nurses, including those who have successfully completed the education requirements in 1. (above):

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With great respect, we acknowledge that BCCNM’s office is located on the unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh Sníchim speaking peoples - Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.​