Referral Criteria - Wound Specialist Services

Referral Criteria

Wound Specialist Services provides expert wound services for consumer groups, nurses, doctors, allied health and other health professionals and organisations including tertiary education, hospitals and health services, residential aged care facilities and community organisations.

Wound Specialist Services works in collaboration with healthcare organisations to provide expert advice for adults aged over 18 years with low acuity or chronic wounds of all types and for those at risk for wound occurrence or recurrence.

The following patients are ineligible for treatment and/or require immediate referral:

  • Life threatening and/or severe traumatic injury
  • Acutely unwell and/or medically unstable
  • Abnormal test results that require urgent medical intervention
  • Treatment required outside scope of practice
  • Partial/full thickness burns in adults ≥ 10% of total body surface area (TBSA) and ≥ 5% TBSA for children
  • Partial/full thickness burns involving face or neck, hands, feet, perineum, genitalia or major joints, circumferential burns and pregnancy with cutaneous burns
  • Burns caused by chemical, electricity (including lightening), associated with inhalation injury and suspected non-accidental injury
  • Burns with concomitant trauma or pre-existing unstable health condition
  • Significant deterioration in wound with sepsis or infarction and/or deterioration in general health

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