CALGARY, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - Implementing stronger wound care prevention and treatment through
effective programs, research and best practices will benefit patients
and strengthen health care for all Canadians, says the Canadian
Association of Wound Care (CAWC).
The need for higher quality of patient care, better patient health
outcomes and the ability to reallocate scarce health care dollars were
highlighted throughout the CAWC's 16th Annual Professional Conference, held November 4 to 7 in Calgary.
More than 700 health care stakeholders and practitioners attended over
40 sessions covering the latest developments in improved wound care and
more effective service delivery. While the conference focused on the
treatment and prevention of diabetes foot ulcers, neuropathy and
wounds, participants also learned of new change management approaches
being used in health care delivery.
"Delegates showed a tremendous desire to learn about and apply new
techniques and strategies for effective wound care," said Dr. Karen
Philp, CAWC Chief Executive Officer. "They voiced a strong
determination to move forward, knowing their role is important to
sustaining Canada's public health care system."
The conference included key health public policy related initiatives:
Launch of CAWC's Diabetes, Healthy Feet and You - A multi-media education program that could help reduce the incidence of
diabetes foot ulcers and in particular, its current amputation rate by
50% by 2015. Information will be available in 18 languages on the Web
( href="http://www.cawc.net/">www.cawc.net) and in 'how to' print materials. Diabetes, Healthy Feet and You will be Canada's 'go to' program for on-line information and education
to support effective self-monitoring, early detection, treatment and
prevention of costly and potentially life-threatening diabetes foot
wounds among Canadians with diabetes.
Development of CAWC's Wound CARE Instrument - A new framework that
establishes evidence-informed standards to self-appraise, identify and
implement quality improvements in wound care and education
programming. It will ensure that health care resources support: wound
education programming to deliver positive patient health outcomes;
evidence-based performance standards for care providers; and,
development of recommendations for governments to best use financial
resources. The Instrument will be published before the end of 2010.
Wound care professionals have much to offer governments and patients and
all of CAWC 's efforts will contribute to the current conversation
about the future of health care in Canada, notes Philp.
CAWC plans to contribute further to public policy development. "This is
just the beginning of our efforts to inform governments. With
ever-growing fiscal and service pressure on our health care system, the
experience of CAWC members will be valuable in identifying and
addressing public policy to improve patient care and use health care
resources wisely," said Philp.
"CAWC will be engaging patients to ensure they are central to
identifying policy and service delivery improvements, determining how
to make changes and, ultimately, being part of a team including their
health care professionals to prevent and treat wounds."
CAWC also announced three scholarships to members committed to pursuing
wound care educational goals (list attached).
The 17th Annual CAWC Professional Conference will be held in Ottawa November 3
to 6, 2011
The Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) is a non-profit
organization of healthcare professionals, researchers, corporate
supporters, patients and caregivers dedicated to the advancement of
wound care in Canada since 1995.
CAWC 2010 Scholarships and Awards
The Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC)
has announced 3 recipients of scholarships to pursue wound care
educational goals. A posthumous award to a patient was also announced.
The annual awards are made to CAWC members who are studying wound care.
An international award is open to non-CAWC members. Applicants
identified their personal goals and aspirations in studying wound care
and provided a summary of work that would be considered for publication
in the CAWC journal, Wound Care Canada. Applications were evaluated based on the following criteria:
Outline of the proposed study plan
Relevance of personal goals
Dissemination and communications strategy
Value for advancing knowledge and best practice regarding wound care in
Ability to carry out the plan
The 2010 awards and the recipients are:
Heather L. Orsted Scholarship
Doris E. Henry, Regina, Saskatchewan (Workplace: Home Care, Regina
Qu'appelle Health Region)
Cathy Harley Educational Grant in Memory of Aldora Harder and Cathy
Andrea Turner, Victoria, British Columbia (Workplace: Foot and Leg Ulcer
Clinic, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria) Christine Murphy - Orleans
(Ottawa), Ontario (Workplace: The Ottawa Hospital)
The You Make a Difference Award
Todd Saulnier (deceased, September 2010), Sudbury, Ontario
Mr. Saulnier lived with type 1 diabetes, and complications from over
weight. He was a strong advocate for diabetes, sharing his story and
relating to the public policy concerns of people with diabetes. He
advocated strongly for Ontario provincial government financial support
for insulin pumps, and followed up on issues with his own MPP and then
minister of health George Smitherman. He made a difference because he
was always ready willing and able to speak out to help others.
SOURCE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF WOUND CARE
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