By Ide Costa (RN, NSWOC, PhD)
WE MEET A SERIOUS NEED
Wounds are a serious health complication that impacts individuals’ quality of life and result in substantial clinical and economic implications. Chronic wounds in particular can create additional challenges for those who have compromised health status due to multiple chronic conditions.1
What Evidences has Highlighted?
Lack of appropriate and timely care leads to irreversible and serious complications such as limb amputation.2 Evidence has shown that well-organized wound care services coordinated by wound care experts and informed by best practice achieve better patient experience, improve healing rates, and make better use of limited resources.3
Barriers to Access Wound Care Services
Unfortunately, this ideal model to manage and treat complex wounds is not always available because 1) access to specialized wound care services is limited across Canada; 2) too often referrals to specialized wound care services are delayed; 3) delay prevents patients from having access to appropriate wound care services and resources; 4) patients and families have reported lack of knowledge and self-confidence to take on their role as self-care managers; and 5) the lack of knowledge coupled to limited access to wound care services leads to wound deterioration, limb amputation, and disability.
What we Propose to Change this Situation?
To change this scenario and improve health outcomes our team of ADVANCED is using leading edge-Technology that enable easy and timely access to Certified Wound Care Nurses and our Multidisciplinary Network Team. Patients and healthcare providers will be able to connect with confidence through a safe virtual platform and download our secure APP to upload wound photographs. This technology provides 2D automatic wound measurements and image analysis of wound tissue that are sent to our Certified Wound Care Experts.
Our Approaches to Wound Care
We combine Technology, Telehealth, with Advanced Knowledge and Skills to enable Canadians to access timely wound care anywhere, anytime. We work in collaboration with Patients, Families, Healthcare Providers, Healthcare Organizations and Industry. We focus on building capacity to strengthen the quality of wound care services. We use patients centred-care approach, which concerns in addressing patients’ unique needs, concerns and preferences. We have a multidisciplinary team network that enable us to address complex issues and improve the outcomes of hard to heal wounds.
- Costa, I. G., D. & Camargo-Plazas P. (2020 In Press). Patients’ journey toward engagement in self-care management of diabetic foot ulcer in adults with type 1 and 2 diabetes: A constructivist grounded theory study. Can J Diabetes. p.1-6 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.05.017
- North West LHIN. (2016). Regional wound plan: Quality care, timely healing, improved health outcomes. Retrieved from: http://www.northwestlhin.on.ca/goalsandachievements/regionalprograms/Wound%20Plan.aspx
- Orsted, H.K. (2018). Best Practice recommendation for the prevention and management of wounds. Wounds Canada: Toronto. Retrieved from: https://www.woundscanada.ca/docman/public/health-care-professional/bpr-workshop/165-wc-bpr-prevention-and-management-of-wounds/file