Awareness of the incidence of wounds and their negative impact on patients and patient care costs has increased as a result of recent demographic, economic, and legislative changes in the health care environment. Current literature and both Canadian and international wound care organizations promote the involvement of inter-disciplinary wound care teams to address the problem of chronic wounds. Physiotherapists in Ontario have the authority to treat wounds below the dermis and this is a growing area of practice for the profession.
This e-learning module is the first step (Level 1) of an evidence based, multi-level educational program created in partnership with the Canadian Physical Therapy Wound Care Collaborative designed for physiotherapists wishing to pursue a practice in wound care management. Successful completion of this module will enable participants to register for an interactive clinical skills workshop called ‘Wound Care Principles and Assessment’ (Level 2).
It is expected that after completing Levels 1 and 2, participants will have acquired the necessary knowledge, practical skills, and competencies to be in a position to roster with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to perform the authorized activity of treating a wound below the dermis.
Level 1 is also open to other health care professionals and students interested in expanding their knowledge base in wound care management.
After completing all six sessions in this e-learning module, physiotherapists will:
- Understand the etiology and contributing factors for the three most common types of chronic wounds: 1) Pressure, 2) Diabetic Foot Ulcers, 3) Vascular (venous & arterial) leg ulcers.
- Be aware of evidence based physical therapy practices and skills that can be used to prevent or treat chronic wounds in different health-care settings.
- Review research related to wound management and through critical appraisal, be able to distinguish between myths and facts in common wound care practices.
- Be able to access key resources that support this field of practice, including online materials, wound care organizations, and educational programs.
Level 1 includes:
- Six recorded webinars (totally approximately nine hours of online education) presented by four of Canada’s leading physiotherapy researchers and practitioners which can be viewed at your own leisure
- A manual including the slide decks and references for all six webinar sessions
- Access to the online administered multiple choice quiz with questions covering the content from the e-learning module
Note: participants will have two attempts to achieve a minimum of 70% (the required score to successfully complete Level 1 and qualify for Level 2).
Level 2 took place on June 10, 2017 and February 3, 2018. Level 2 will be offered again. Find out more about Level 2.
*OPA Members: Login prior to purchasing the course to receive member pricing of $300.
*CPA Members (from other Branches): Contact Sara Pulins to purchase the course at the member rate.
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