Incorporating Electrophysical Agents into Wound Care Management


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Course TypeOnline/On-site
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Instructor NameDr. Pamela Houghton, PT and Dr. Ethne Nussbaum, PhD., M.Ed., BSc. PT
CostOPA Member: $350 + HST; Non-Member $425 + HST
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DistrictCentral Toronto
Brief Description

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Physiotherapists are distinctively positioned to optimize the use of electrophysical agents in wound management.

This module includes online module and a one day in-person workshop. The online component includes approximately 5 hours of pre-learning material that must be completed prior to attending the in-person workshop. The course will cover the scientific evidence and hands-on techniques needed to incorporate electrophysical agents (EPAs) in wound care including electrical currents (E-stim), ultrasound (US) and ultraviolet (UVC) therapy.

What participants will learn:

Upon completion of the online module and in-person workshop, course participants will:

  1. Have background information that prepares them for how and when to use E-stim, UVC and US in wound care.
  2. Understand the risks, benefits and contraindications related to each modality (online portion)
  3. 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.
  4. Participate in open discussion, cases and clinical scenarios to make informed clinical decisions using knowledge gained from the online component and clinical skills workshop.
  5. Be able to use research evidence and critical thinking to select interventions that are likely to improve healing outcomes.
  6. Be able to discuss how they would implement these modalities in their specific work environment.

Who should take this course:

Incorporating Electrophysical Agents is open to physiotherapists, health care professionals and students interested in adding these therapeutic modalities into their practice. Previous wound care clinical experience and/or education equivalent to that provided in Introduction to Wound Care Management and Wound Care Principles and Assessment is recommended.

Health care professionals including physiotherapists working across the health care system in all practice environments would find this program applicable.

In order to facilitate transfer of knowledge from the course to the clinical setting, we recommend that participants if permitted bring the modality they use with them to the course. At time of registration, you will be asked about your current use and/or intended use of modalities for wound healing so that this course can be more customized to the interests and learning needs of those who will be attending.

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Refund Policy
Course refunds (fee for course plus HST) are issued for cancellations received no less than two weeks prior to the event, less a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds are issued for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the course unless the course is cancelled by the OPA that includes its Districts. Some exceptions may apply.

Contact NameMaryam Ahmed
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Contact Phone416-322-6866 x 241