Wound Care

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 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 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 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 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 But there are also times when medical practices that appear outdated deserve a closer look.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