The World Health Organization defines the quality of care as “the extent to which health care services provided to individuals and patient populations improve desired health outcomes.”
Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada has evolved substantially since the first set of standards of practice were published in 1997 in what was formerly the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy. In this case study, we explore aspects of these revised standards’ development and publication and highlight five lessons to take to the next project.
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These intermittent catheterization practice recommendations signify a wonderful collaboration among four nursing associations in Canada.
The published recommendations built upon previous work by Opencity Inc on the European Association of Urology Nurses (EUAN) edited summary published in 2016. In this case study, we explore aspects of the recommendation and five lessons learned.
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A joint Canadian position statement between Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence and colorectal surgeons marks a poignant step. This case study explores the process of this collaboration been nurses and physicians to improve outcomes for patients undergoing ostomy surgery.
The body of literature is emphatic that preoperative site marking should be mandatory in elective cases. This position statement reinforces the necessity to have NSWOC and surgeons available at all times for emergency case interventions for stoma site marking. This project brought together 20 specialist nurses and surgeons from across Canada. It resulted in a position statement, practice enabler and video.
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The 5th Skin Integrity & Infection Prevention conference in Kamloops brings together experts in skin, wounds, spinal cord injuries and biofilms. The burden of damage to the body’s largest organ remains a focus for the whole health ecosystem.
Here we explore the two-day conference that examines the unique challenges to Canada of the inter-cultural and rural context in maintaining the integrity of the skin. This Kamloops conference is supported by Thompson Rivers University, Rick Hansen Institute, Journal of Wound Care, University of Huddersfield and 3M.
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It is fitting to consider how the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science can bring us towards the elimination of pressure injuries/ ulcers on the worldwide Stop Pressure Injury day. The approach is so refreshing that it could help us tip the balance towards zero avoidable pressure injuries.
Here we preview an exciting new proceedings report titled Snakes & Ladders on how data science and Artificial Intelligence can create a paradigm shift in managing those at risk of wounds.
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Wound Care Quality Standards are the foundation for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario (MOHLTC). The OntWIG symposium identified disconnects between the quality standards and practices around procurement, funding accessibility and inconsistencies in the continuum of care across the 14 Ontario Local Health Innovation Networks (LHIN).
Here we reflect on the thought-provoking Ontario Wound Interest Group (OntWIG) symposium that examined the adoption of the Health Quality Ontario quality standards covering diabetic foot ulcers, pressure injuries and venous leg ulcers.
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Leg Clubs help to reduce social isolation while enabling leg ulcers to heal quicker. Our health is vitally important to us, but sometimes maintaining it is a struggle notes the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation (LLCF) team.
I have been fortunate enough to witness first hand the tremendous value these Leg Clubs bring to local communities. Here we explore why the LLCF service delivery model is a beacon for patient-centred care.
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We have been working behind the scenes editing speaker biographies and session summaries for a wound care conference. Here is what we learned and our tips for getting it right.
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Imagine if every step you took was agony or if even putting a shirt on was painful. That is the reality for children and adults living with a rare genetic condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
DEBRA Canada is the only Canadian charity dedicated to supporting Canadian families affected by EB. You can support their 1st ride for EB on September 24 in Niagara.
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