August 8, 2017

3 Quick Foot Care Resources for Diabetic Patients

For many wound care nurses, assessing and managing diabetic foot ulcers is a massive challenge. Each year, nearly 2,000 Ontarians undergo amputation as a result of these wounds. This statistic is frustrating for practitioners—especially because the outcome is usually avoidable. In many cases, foot ulcers are preventable. And when they’re caught in time, they can often be treated effectively. Yet they
August 3, 2017

Health Care Project Managers: Here’s the Key to Scaling Up

Health care project managers carry the weight of a lot of responsibility. Planning, overseeing, and evaluating initiatives that have a direct impact on the health of Ontarians is no small feat. No matter what organization she works for, a project manager has to see the big picture—and be aware of the details. She has to know when to delegate, while
August 1, 2017

The True Value of Diabetic Offloading Devices

We’ve all heard the old saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to the progression of wounds, this is certainly true. Consider diabetic foot ulcers. The stakes are high when it comes to these ailments. But, due to nerve damage, diabetics often find them difficult to recognize. Unfortunately, once deep infection sets in,
July 27, 2017

4 Qualities Every Care Coordinator Should Have 

If you’re a care coordinator, you’re a crucial part of Ontario’s home care system. You make it possible practitioners from different disciplines to work together toward common goals. You also work closely with patients, ensuring they’re always at the centre of their care. It’s not an easy job. Like nurses and family caregivers, you face the threat of burnout brought
July 25, 2017

How to Turn a Passion for Wound Care into an ET Nursing Career

Are you a wound care champion? Do you advocate for evidence-informed wound treatment within your agency or organization? Perhaps you’ve simply become interested in the field over the course of your work as a nurse. If you fit into one of the categories above, you’ve likely considered acquiring wound care expertise. Enterstomal therapy (ET) nursing—an area that also includes ostonomy—may
July 20, 2017

Palliative Care: Unique Coordination Challenges

Providing high-quality palliative care demands a lot from health practitioners. While it’s true that care should always be patient-centred, these words take on greater significance during the final stage of life. For health care providers, sensitivity and compassion are key. Palliative patients often have unique pain-related issues, as well as pressing psychological and spiritual needs. Those involved in providing care
July 18, 2017

Why Doesn’t Canada Have Better Wound Care Data?

In the health sector, data is more important than ever before. Technology is allowing decision makers to collect enough information to see the big picture. Often, the result is better decisions that improve health care efficiency and benefit patients. But is this type of progress occurring in every field? Not equally. Wound care is a great example. Time and again,
July 13, 2017

Getting Care Teams on Board with Communication Technology

If you’re involved in coordinating the care of complex patients, you know the value of communication. It’s something we talk about a lot on this blog, and for good reason. Today, technology makes communication easier than ever before. The click of a key or the tap of a screen can connect two people across the globe. Videoconferencing makes it possible
July 11, 2017

Biological Wound Debridement: Can Patients Accept It?

Health care practitioners have a tendency to overlook medical treatments that are no longer popular. It makes sense: when a treatment falls out of favour, there’s often good reason. But there are also times when medical practices that appear outdated deserve a closer look. Biological wound debridement is a prime example. The use of maggots in wound care has a
July 6, 2017

Bridging the Transition to Home: Tips for Care Coordinators

According to a 2012 study, one in 12 Canadian patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Why do so many people who have been discharged wind up back in acute care? In many cases, the answer may be faulty discharge planning and poor communication. Providing adequate care for a single at-home patient can be a complicated process—one that
July 4, 2017

4 Online Wound Care Resources to Make a Nurse’s Life Easier

If you’re a nurse, you’ve made a commitment to lifelong learning. From the evolution of best practices to new products and treatments, there’s always new information to absorb. This is especially true in rapidly advancing fields—like wound care. Progress in wound care over the last two decades has been remarkable. Today, there are more educational materials than ever before to
June 29, 2017

Care Coordinators: Helping Patients Transition to Community Care

Often, care coordinators come into patients’ lives at a difficult time. By the time your assigned to somebody, she’s probably had a lot of experience with the health care system. And it’s likely that some of it has left her frustrated. During transitions from hospital to home, these emotions can be especially strong. The triage process can leave patients feeling
June 27, 2017

Measuring Quality for Money in Wound Management

If you work with chronic wounds, you know your skill set is in demand. And due to increasing rates of diseases like diabetes, the need for high-quality wound care is only growing. In home care particularly, there’s never been a greater need for improved wound management processes. Of course, a big part of improving these processes is making them more
June 22, 2017

The Future of Care Coordinator-Physician Collaboration

If you’re a care coordinator, your value to home care patients is enormous. But how well aware are other health care professionals of the contributions you make? For example, do always you receive the full cooperation of all of the physicians you work with? The truth is, there are often obstacles to getting busy professionals to collaborate—even though it’s almost
June 20, 2017

Wound Care Providers: Can You Meet New Provincial Expectations?

Do you work for or act as a decision maker in a home care agency? If so, you probably feel like there’s more expected of you then ever before. And you’re right. The Ontario government has increased its commitment to home care. Demand has never been higher, and patient expectations are mounting. Delivering services with limited staff and resources can