The Wound Care Community is a dedicated space to collaborate on practices that improve the health of populations suffering with wound care issues. This Community is a space to share resources & connect with others interested in improvements within this realm (Note that since this is a public space, posting confidential information is not recommended). Browse our resources to see case studies, tools, and articles that might help generate some ideas for implementation within your organization. Share your thoughts and expertise, and ask questions to join the conversation – you can also upload additional resources here.

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Wound Care Overview

 Wound Care The Wound Care ProblemDefining the Wound Care ProblemWound Care Quality Standards for Ontario: Demographics Patient-Centered Care - A Call to Action for Wound ManagementWhy ...

Requirements for Effective Assessment by Wound Care Technologies

Wounds have many different characteristics including size, location, wound bed, depth, type of tissue and infection level....

Photographic Wound Assessment Tool (PWAT)

Key Questions: What tools can be used to assess and treat wounds?...

Use Case Referral Physician to Specialist

Key Questions: What does the transition between a primary care physician (PCP) and a specialist look like for a patient?...

Emerging Idea: Supporting Clinical Decision Making Through mHealth Wound Dressing Selection Application

Many family physicians and Family Medicine residents receive limited clinical training on wound care dressing and do not feel comfortable with wound care management....

The Effects of TeleWound Management on Financial Outcomes and Use of Service

Chronic wounds are highly prevalent in patients that suffer from chronic illness....

A Telemedicine Wound Care Model using 4G with Smart Phone or Smart Glasses

Telemedicine emerged in the 1950s and has contributed great value to the provision of health care....

Clinical Practice to Assess and Manage Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario StandardsThe Registered Nurses Association of Ontario has released recommendations that serve as an evidence-based guide for nurses and other health-...

Wound Care Photography

Wound documentation and remote consultation can be improved through the use of clinical digital photography....

Defining the Wound Care Problem

Wound care is a complex, multifaceted issue. Wound care patients are a complex group of patients with prevalent conditions that create a large economic impact on the healthcare system....

Prevention Strategies by Main Wound Type

Key Questions: What are some specific wound prevention strategies and how can these be implemented into a patient's continuity of care?This tool outlines some common prevention strategies organized by...

Wound Prevention and Management Cycle

Key Questions: How can the wound prevention and management cycle be used to engage health care teams in multidisciplinary wound management?The tool describes the wound prevention and management cycle ...

Pathway to the Prevention and Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Key Questions: How can diabetic foot ulcers be treated and what are some strategies for prevention and management? The following tool is a Canadian Association of Wound Care Wound Bed Preparation...

Fact Sheet: Preventing Pressure Ulcers

Key Questions: What is a pressure ulcer? How can they be prevented? A pressure ulcer is a sore that is caused by lying down or sitting in the same position for too long....

Wound Terms and Definitions

Key Questions: How is wound care defined and what are some key terms and definitions that improve communication around wound care management? Effective communication between disciplines and betwe...

Symptom Management Guidelines: Care of Malignant Wounds

Key Questions: What are malignant wounds and how can they be treated to increase recovery time and improve patient quality of life?Malignant wounds are the results of cancerous cells infiltrating the ...

Patient-Centred Care - A Call to Action for Wound Management

Key Questions: How can patients be empowered within wound care through policy change to improve patient-centered care? The aim of this document is to explore the concept and status of patient adv...

Why are transitions so diffcult?

Key Questions: What makes patient transitions so difficult and how can it be improved across various transitions of care?This tool provides information about issues associated with transitions in care...

Evidence-Based Skin Tear Tool Kit

Key Questions: How can Skin Tears be assessed and treated with a consistent scale?...

Wound Care Technological Advances

I came across an interesting blog post about some recent technological advances in wound care - crab shell bandages, vacuum plaster & bacteriophages: https://advancedtissue.com/2016/02/recent-innovations-in-wound-care-technology/ I wonder to what extent some of these are part of regular practice? Does anyone have additional insights into technologies to assist with wound care?

Issues Associated with Patient Transitions

 Issues associated with transitions in care can arise when patients transfer from one care setting to another....

Wound Care Patient Case Studies

 Patient story 1: Patients with erythematous skin are likely to receive a diagnosis of cellulitis; however, the accuracy of this diagnosis is approximately only 33%....

Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Care

The Diabetic Foot The diabetic foot can have a significant negative impact on the life of the patient....

Woundcare Innovation Requirements Across Transitions of Care

Wound care is a challenge for all health systems....

Clinical Guideline for Digital Photography in Wound Care

Key Questions: How can the quality of wound images be improved and stay consistent through standardization?...

Core Generic Wound Assessment Minimum Requirements

Key Questions: What are the key components of a wound assessment document?...

Use Case Discharge Summary from Hospital

Key Questions: How is patient information delivered between transitions of care, specifically when patients leave the hospital and return home? This use case is a tool that visualizes the transit...

Evaluation of the Integrated Client Care (Wound Care) Project

Approximately 1.5 million Ontarians will sustain a pressure ulcer, 111,000 will develop a diabetic foot ulcer, and between 80,000 and 130,000 will develop a venous leg ulcer....

Effects of short educational program for the prevention of foot ulcer in high risk patient: randomized control trial

Disease of the foot is a major health problem in diabetes and results in a large health care costs. The rate of amputations has been reported to be as high as 27%. The implementation of a br...

Wound Care: Assessment Tools

Risk Assessment ToolsBraden Scale Braden Pressure Ulcer Risk AssessmentGuideline: Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk in Adults & Children/ InfantsThis tool is used for Predicting...

List of Wound Care Organizations

Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH)APWH, the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing, is the very first physician-oriented organization in wound care that has been created to meet the needs o...

Wound Measurement Devices

Wound measurement devices include flow sheets, labels, measuring tapes, skin markers, tracing materials, and other products....

Diabetes Foot: Risk Assessment Education Program - Participant's Package

Key Questions: How can foot complications be reduced for people with diabetes?...

Diabetes and Foot Care: The Problem and Solutions

Key Questions: How can foot care be improved in a cost-effective manner for patients with diabetes and how can amputations across Ontario be prevented? This tool is designed to help them understa...

Managing Bacterial Balance for Wounds

Key Questions: How is bacterial balance managed for wounds to improve recovery time and prevent further infection? This tool provides information on managing a bacterial balance which is essentia...

Overview of Common Advanced Wound Therapies

Key Questions: What are some common advanced wound therapies?...

The Triangle of Wound Assessment

Key Questions: How can wound assessment be optimized and what framework can be used to improve wound care treatment plans? The triangle of wound assessment is a holistic framework that allows pra...

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Action Plan Tool

Key Questions: How can pressure ulcers be prevented, screened, and treated for?The purpose of this tool is to provide a framework for outlining steps that will be needed to design and implement the pr...

Strategies for Effective Handoffs

Key Questions: What are the communication barriers within transitions of care and what are some strategies and tools that can help alleviate these barriers?Continuity of care during transitions is cri...

Wound Care Quality Standards for Ontario: Demographics

Key Questions: What are hospitalization rates amongst different kinds of wound care patients and how do they differ between various regions?This tool will provide data from a number of sources to outl...

Managing Wounds As A Team

Key Questions: How can health care teams work together towards improved wound care management and what resources are available to assist care providers with a multidisciplinary treatment plan?An integ...

Optimising Wellbeing in People Living with a Wound

Key Questions: How can patient well-being be optimized while they are recovering from a wound?...

Exploring Integrated Wound Management - Nov 8-11, 2018

Wounds Canada’s fall conference is a four-day continuing education event designed to support health-care professionals who work with patients with wounds or who are at risk for developing wounds. This year’s conference is being held at the London Convention Centre For more information see: https://www.woundscanada.ca/industry-partner/exhibit-space/annual-fall-conference

Wound Care Technologies

 Wound Assessment & Monitoring Systems BedSide and WoundManagerBedSide and WoundManager is a wound care assessment and management software system.BedSide is a front-line assessment tool ...

Wound Bed Preparation: Application the Principles of TIME Webinar

On Tuesday July 24th, 2018 at 2:00pm ET Martha Kelso the founder and Cheif Executive Officer of Wound Care Plus, LLC will be speaking about the use of the TIME mnemonic to evaluate various wound challenge, will provide a review of terms, and a visual guidance on different wound types. To register for the webinar click here: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&partnerref=WS_website&eventid=1780617&sessionid=1&key=838137A1F9CEBDA8F1DBAF57D995C8E6&regTag=&sourcepage=register

Reduction of major amputation after a multidisciplinary diabetic foot team – experience in Turkey

Diabetic foot ulcers are the most important etiology of non-traumatic lower-extremity amputations....