Physiotherapists are distinctively positioned to optimize the use of electrophysical agents in wound management.
This module includes on-line module and a one day in-person workshop. The online component includes approximately 7 hours of pre-learning material. Level 3A is the third step of the evidence based, multi-level educational program created in partnership with the Canadian Physical Therapy Wound Care Collaborative designed for physiotherapists. The course will cover the scientific evidence and hands-on techniques for incorporating electrophysical agents (EPAs) in wound care. Specifically, this level will focus on the following three EPAs: electrical currents (E-stim), ultrasound (US) and ultraviolet (UVC) therapy.
What are the prerequisites?
This course is designed to provide clinical skills and understanding of the evidence that supports using electrophysical agents (Estim, ultraviolet light, ultrasound and laser) to stimulate healing of many different types of chronic wounds. Previous wound care clinical experience and/or education including Levels 1 and 2 of the OPA Wound Care Management for PT program are not required but would be preferential. Those interested in Level 3A can contact Leigh Anne Butler, Project Coordinator, Practice and Member Services with any questions or to inquire about available registration space.
Upon completion of the online module and in-person workshop, course participants will:
- Have background information that prepares them for how and when to use E-stim, UVC and US in wound care (online portion)
- Understand the risks, benefits and contraindications related to each modality (online portion)
- Have the opportunity to practice skills with realistic wound models and on each other when appropriate and learn safe and effective techniques to deliver EPAs (E-Stim, UVC and US) to the wound bed and surrounding area.
- Participate in open discussion, cases and clinical scenarios to consolidate knowledge gained from the online component and clinical skills workshop.
- Be able to use research evidence and critical thinking to select interventions that are likely to improve healing outcomes for presented cases.
- 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, participants will have the necessary knowledge, practical skills, and judgement to make valuable contributions to wound care teams and to directly enhance patient care. Completing Level 3A only will not provide the basis to roster with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario provide wound care below the dermis.
*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.
Dr. Pamela Houghton
Dr. Ethne Nussbaum, PhD., M.Ed., BSc. PT