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Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation, section 6(b)​​:

A registrant in the course of practising psychiatric nursing may, for the purpose of wound care, other than suturing of skin lacerations, perform a procedure on tissue below the dermis or below the surface of a mucous membrane. ​​

BCCNM limits and conditions​

​1.

​RPNs m​​ust successf​ully complete additional education before carrying out:

  • ​Conservative sharp wound debridement
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Biological debridement therapy
  • Compression therapy​
​2.

​RPNs must follow an employer approved decision support tool in carrying​ out:

  • ​Conservative sharp wound debridement
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Biological ​​debridement therapy
  • Compression therapy 

​The Regulation states that RPNs do not require an order to carry out wound care. This includes cleansing, irrigating, probing, debriding, packing and dressing​​.

The British C​olumbia Provincial Nursing Skin and Wound Committee has produced a range of decision support tools for skin and wound care found at: https://www.clwk.ca/communities-of-practice/skin-wound-community-of-practice/buddydrive/

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