Bringing best practices together with an interprofessional approach sparks innovation in wound care

Project ECHO started in New Mexico in 2003, and today there are more than 220 hubs for more than 100 diseases and conditions in 31 countries. In Ontario alone, there are more than 300 community sites represented, and the newest hub, Project ECHO Skin and Wound Care, is the 16th tele-ECHO Hub.

The Project team is in regular contact with Dr Andrea Furlan and Dr Ruth Dubin, co-leads of Project ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain. In addition, Queen’s University, the educational experts for ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain, are important partners to Project ECHO Skin and Wound Care.

The project team has also been attending ECHO Ontario collaborative meetings and has been meeting regularly with the Project ECHO Mental Health team at CAMH.

The lessons learned have been fully integrated into the implementation methodology used in RNAOs Best Practice Service Organization (BPSO) Designation. Therefore, the specialty focus BPSO Designation, developed as part of this project, significantly augments the capacity of Project ECHO Skin and Wound Care to enable practices and organizations and implement wound care best practice guidelines (BPGs).

Wound care best practice guidelines include:

  • Assessment and Management of Foot Ulcers for Persons with Diabetes
  • Assessment and Management of Pressure Injuries for the Interprofessional Team
  • Care Transitions
  • Developing and Sustaining Interprofessional Health Care
  • Facilitating Client-Centred Learning
  • Person- and Family-Centred Care
  • Strategies to Support Self-Management in Chronic Conditions: Collaboration with Clients

Each of these BPGs contributes to practice interventions and inform direct patient care as well as enable better interprofessional practice and integrated health care in relation to wound management, including diabetic foot ulcers, across the sectors.

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