This module will cover the scientific evidence and hands-on techniques for implementing interventions to address the underlying impairments that contribute to altered skin integrity. It is step 3B of an evidence based, multi-level educational program created in partnership with the Canadian Physical Therapy Wound Care Collaborative designed for physiotherapists. The module includes approximately two hours of on-line learning and an in-person 1-day workshop that will focus on safe exercise prescription and other physiotherapy interventions that are known to manage chronic leg edema, improve ankle ROM and calf muscle strength, provide effective offloading and/or pressure re-distribution strategies for people with diabetic foot ulcers or pressure injuries, and help patients with wounds manage pain.
Level 3B is open to physiotherapists who have previously completed Levels 1 and 2 of the OPA Wound Care Management program, who are currently rostered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario for Wound Care, or those who practice under medical directive or delegation. Management strategies addressed in this course do not involve direct wound care, therefore, physiotherapists working in settings that provide care for people who have, or are at risk of, skin breakdown due to lower extremity edema, impaired mobility, and/or diabetes may also register for the course.
Note: Note: Wound Care Management for PTs Level 3A-Incorporating Electrophysical Agents is not a pre-requisite for this course. Level 3A will be launching soon!
Upon completion of the online module and 1 day in-person workshop, course participants:
- Will understand how impairments such as chronic edema, poor calf muscle pump function, unrelieved pressure, deconditioning, and pain contribute to altered skin integrity.
- Will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Perform and interpret vascular tests of the lower limb including Ankle Brachial Pressure index (ABI).
- Choose and apply an appropriate compression system that will manage chronic leg edema.
- Identify appropriate clients and apply removable and non-removable foot offloading devices
- Prescribe exercise programs that will optimize mobility and address underlying cause(s) of skin breakdown. Will participate in open discussion, cases and clinical scenarios to consolidate knowledge gained from the online modules and clinical skills lab.
- Will be able to use research evidence and critical thinking to select interventions that are likely to improve healing outcomes for presented cases.
- Will be able to discuss how they would implement care in their specific work environment
It is expected that after completing levels 1, 2 and 3A/3B, participants will have the necessary knowledge, practical skills, and judgement to make valuable contributions to wound care teams and to directly enhance patient care.
*OPA Members: Login prior to purchasing the course to receive member pricing of $350+HST.
*CPA Members (from other Branches): Contact Sara Pulins to purchase the course at the member rate.