Are you a health care provider in Ontario who wants to ensure patients with wounds are treated safely and effectively?

In 2016, Dr Gary Sibbald and three other project members travelled to the University of New Mexico to attend a three-day Project ECHO Immersion session. This was the start of an ongoing relationship with Project ECHO Replication Team, and the orientation and training needed to successfully start Project ECHO® Ontario Skin and Wound Care.

You might be considering if the program is for you and your community of practice, so here are the top three features of the program to consider:

1. Targeted Needs Assessments

Assessments of needs and environmental resource scans are carried out to determine cognitive, affective, and psychomotor competencies of providers, individual and system needs related to skin and wound care and availability of evidence-based resources.

2. TeleECHO Curriculum

Project ECHO Ontario Skin and Wound Care is based on the established and highly successful International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC), NSWOCC Wound Care Institute and Wounds Canada courses, as well as the results from the evaluation questionnaires.

The IIWCC curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience:

  1. Assess and critically review Best Practice Guidelines and summary documents related to wound care in key subject areas
  2. Integrate wound care principles by a self-directed learning program
  3. Demonstrate the application of best practices by developing an elective related to the learner’s everyday activities
  4. Develop wound care clinical skills

The current IIWCC modules are built on the scientific evidence outlined by best practice guidelines interpreted by an international faculty of wound care, education and research professionals both from academia and community wound care practice. These modules have been developed into Project ECHO Skin and Wound Care curriculum.

3. Continuing Medical Education Accreditation

ECHO participants who attend the weekly sessions and complete the evaluation, receive CME/CE credits for each session and a certificate of attendance at the end of each ECHO cycle.