T.I.M.E is Tissue: Get a good start with a Clinical Decision Support Tool

This presentation will focus on wound assessment and management strategies using the T.I.M.E CDST developed by an expert panel with the aim of decreasing practice variation while improving clinical outcomes. An overview of the T.I.M.E framework history will be providing with the understanding that Tissue, Infection/Inflammation, Moisture and Edge of the wound concept is still relevant today.  A thorough explanation of each concept of T.I.M.E and the new developed Clinical Decision Support Tool will be presented.  Terry will then present her findings from a Real-World Evaluation of General Practice nurses use of the T.I.M.E. CDST tool in regional Victoria. The presentation will be followed by a live interactive Q&A session.

Learning objectives:

  1. The participant would have knowledge of the T.I.M.E concept and its history
  2. The participant would have knowledge of the T.I.M.E CDST and how to implement into their practice
  3. The participant will receive feedback and practical information on real world evaluation that reinforces that the need of through assessment on admission.

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Theresa “Terry” Swanson

Nurse Practitioner Wound Management

RN, NPWM, PGCert (Periop),


Terry commenced wound management in the early 1990’s and her practice was shaped by an article in 1994 by Keith Cutting and Keith Harding on theCriterial for identifying wound infection.  She was invited to attend an international wound infection forum in 2006 which was the first meeting for the International Wound Infection Institute (IWII).  Her passion for identifying and managing wound infection has continued to grow.   Terry has served as the Chair of the IWII and is the current Vice Chair.  In 2016 she led the project for the development of the IWII Wound Infection in Clinical Practice: Principles of best practice.  Her expertise and passion for the subject of wound infection was acknowledged with Terry being invited and participating in the Global Wound Biofilm Expert Panel research and publications.

Terry has published and presented on chronic wounds and wound infection nationally and internationally.  She was the lead author and editor for the bookWound Management for the Advanced Practitioner. Terry was the Scientific Chair of the 2018 Wounds Australia National Conference and has held positions of responsibility of various nursing and wound related boards locally, nationally and internationally.  She was admitted as a fellow and life member of AWMA/ Wounds Australia for her dedication and influence in the wound management.

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