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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage the care of acute and chronic wounds 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260499  Manage the care of acute and chronic wounds 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ancillary Health Care 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be used by caregivers and/or significant others who need to attend to/dress involved in the care of chronic/acute wounds.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing the protective systems of the body in terms of wound healing.
  • Describing the factors that prevent the healing of wounds.
  • Explaining and demonstrating basic wound care.
  • Describing wound and/or patient conditions which would result in the need for referral for further medical treatment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 1, ABET Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the protective systems of the body in terms of wound healing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fundamental anatomy and physiology of the circulatory, lymphatic and renal systems is described in relation to the clotting mechanism and prevention of infection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Wounds are described in terms of classification and level of severity. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Trauma injury, burns, pressure sores, ulcers, allergies, skin conditions, post-operational wounds.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The phases of wound healing are described according to the condition of the wound. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the factors that prevent the healing of wounds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Medical Conditions that prevent the healing mechanism of wounds are discussed according to the cause which slows the healing process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of conditions: Diabetes, respiratory disease, heart disease, embolisms, hypertension, kidney disease, infective diseases.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of good nutrition is explained in relation to the body's ability to heal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of constant pain is explained in terms of the healing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The effects of complications in wounds are described with relation to the process of healing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain and demonstrate basic wound care. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need to apply aseptic techniques when dressing a wound are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Treatment of a wound is demonstrated and actions explained in terms of the type and severity of the wound. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need to reduce pain prior to dressing a wound is explained in terms of the psychology of pain. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Procedures which will enhance the healing of the wounds are described according to the required care. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe wound and/or patient conditions which would result in the need for referral for further medical treatment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The condition of the wound is described in terms of healing, non-healing or deterioration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The condition of the patient is described in terms of overall recovery, non-recovery or deterioration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The steps to be taken for patient referral in case of wound/overall deterioration are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sources of referral include, but are not limited to, medical facilities, institutions for long-term stay, social relief agencies.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA, according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems relating to the mechanisms of prevention and management of wounds and prevention of infection. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively and supporting of others as part of a team for wound care. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and client in the effective care of wounds. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Using visual and language skills in communicating with others, such as referral services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively with regard to information, communication and referral systems in the treatment of wounds. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems with regard to the consequences of complications of wounds and the prevention thereof. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Credit Justification:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:

    Activity; Hours; Credits:
  • Classroom learning; 15; Hours; 1.5 Credits.
  • Scenario/Role play; 10; Hours; 1.0 Credits.
  • Self directed learning; 5; Hours; 0.5 Credits.

    Total = 30; Hours; 3 Credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64749   National Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Ichtus Business Consultants 
    2. Philani Training and Development Solutions NPC 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.