What is Tissue Viability Training?

It is essential to maintain skin integrity, especially with chronic wounds. Tissue viability is about specialising in managing patients with acute and chronic wounds and preventing and managing pressure damage.

This blog will discuss tissue viability training, who needs it, and what is covered in a tissue viability training course.

What is tissue viability?

According to the Tissue Viability Society 2009, "Tissue viability is a growing speciality that primarily considers all aspects of skin and soft tissue wounds, including acute surgical wounds, pressure ulcers and all forms of leg ulceration."

Tissue viability deals with the care, treatment and management of wounds to the skin. It is a medical and nursing speciality that addresses aspects of skin and soft tissue health, including the care of acute surgical wounds, chronic wounds, pressure ulcers and all forms of leg ulceration. The ultimate aim of tissue viability is to prevent the development of skin wounds or treat those that occur effectively.

What is tissue viability training?

Tissue viability is a growing speciality that primarily considers all aspects of skin and soft tissue wounds, including acute surgical wounds, pressure ulcers and all forms of leg ulceration.

Tissue Viability training is a course that discusses the importance of tissue viability, including the structure and functions of the skin.

The aims of this training are to:

  • Provide an overview of tissue viability, as well as the structure and functions of the skin.
  • Provide an overview of the tissues within the human body and their functions.
  • Look at the role of the tissue viability nurse and treatment for pressure ulcers.

This training also improves the learners’ knowledge and awareness of core tissue viability principles, including preventing pressure ulcers.

Who needs tissue viability training courses?

Tissue Viability training is aimed at specialist healthcare professionals such as nurses and practitioners. These courses will develop skills and knowledge on wound management in patients.

Tissue Viability training should be completed by those who work in health and social care services, including:

  • Domiciliary care workers
  • Home caregivers
  • Locum and agency care workers
  • Community healthcare assistants
  • Support workers
  • NHS medical, nursing, AHP and care staff
  • Locum doctors and nurses
  • Locum allied health professionals (AHPs)
  • Agency nurses and workers
  • Care assistants
  • Community services.

What do tissue viability training courses include?

Tissue viability training courses benefit NHS services such as wound care management and tissue viability advice. These courses will develop skills and knowledge on wound management in patients. Topics will usually include ulcerations, complex wounds, tissue biopsy and the management of injuries.

The tissue viability training course will also include the following:

  • Introduction to tissue viability
  • Structure of the skin
  • Functions of the skin
  • What are pressure ulcers, their causes and their symptoms
  • Factors that increase pressure ulcer risks
  • Types of pressure ulcers
  • Diagnosing pressure ulcers
  • Treatment of pressure ulcers
  • Complications of pressure ulcers
  • Preventing pressure ulcers
  • Roles and responsibilities of the care team
  • Health wounds and unhealthy wounds
  • Risk assessment.

When would you refer to the tissue viability team?

You may need the support of a tissue viability service if you:

  • Have had a non-healing wound for more than six weeks
  • Are you concerned that your wound is deteriorating rapidly despite treatment
  • Have had surgery or a sudden episode of bad health, which means you are less mobile, at risk of pressure damage and may require pressure relieving equipment.
  • Notice the damage to the skin caused by prolonged periods of sitting or lying down, known as pressure damage, for example, sore/painful, red or black areas of skin over vulnerable areas such as bony prominences.
  • Have swelling to your legs that have been present for three months or more.

The Tissue Viability Service does not accept direct referrals from patients. Please contact your primary health professional, such as your GP or nurse, to discuss if a referral to our service might be appropriate.

Where can I find online training courses for tissue viability?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

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