National Hybrid Conference, October 17-19, 2024

Wounds Canada is excited to offer our National Hybrid Conference at the RBC Place in London, Ontario this year from October 17-19, 2024. Three days with multiple streams of wound care education are offered for in-person attendees while three days of the plenary sessions of wound care education will be available for virtual attendees.

Introducing this year’s Co-Chairs:

Robyn Evans, BSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Anne Shantz, RN, BScN, MClScWH, NSWOC

Wounds Canada's National Hybrid Conference is the largest wound-related event in Canada, bringing together health-care professionals, educators and key opinion leaders for both in person and in a virtual gathering. This continuing education event is designed to support health-care professionals who work with patients with wounds or who are at risk for developing wounds.

Mark your calendars from October 17-19, 2024 to continue your educational journey in wound care!

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Take advantage of our in-person EARLY BIRD FEES until JUNE 30, 2024!

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Agenda

Agenda

October 17, 2024 08:00

Welcome and Global Perspectives on Wounds and Implications

Learning Objectives I  At the end of this session participants will be able to:

    Indicate the extent to which wounds are a global issue and why

    Contrast the similarities and differences of wounds across different jurisdictions worldwide

    Discuss common barriers and opportunities to advancing prevention, assessment and management of wounds from a global perspective 

    Describe key practice, policy, education and research implications of the global nature of the wound care crisis    

 


October 17, 2024 09:15

Wound Care for Community Paramedics Program

The Wound Care for Community Paramedics program is designed to equip participants with the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to excel in wound care within their community paramedic service. Through comprehensive training, participants will develop competency as advanced beginners in wound assessment, infection identification, and treatment strategies crucial for effective patient care.

 

This program is tailored for community paramedics working in home and community care settings with clients including older persons, unsheltered persons, those requiring urgent care and others to enhance knowledge and skills related to wound prevention and management. All paramedics who are interested in deepening their knowledge and skills in wound care management are welcome. 

 

Separate registration is required.



October 17, 2024 10:25

Scholarship and Research Awards Presentation

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Identify the charitable status of Wounds Canada and its fundraising strategies

    Recognize key scholarships, awards and grants generously supported by our donors

    Associate the recipients of the WC 2024 awards, scholarships and grants with the charitable status of Wounds Canada


 

October 17, 2024 13:15

Interactive Health Coaching Communication

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:


    Define health coaching, its components and application

    Describe how to establish a health coaching relationship 

    Outline how best to engage in a health coaching relationship

    Apply health coaching strategies using a case study with facilitator guidance



October 17, 2024 13:15

Wound Care Champion Program Graduation Ceremony

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Recognize the rigorous nature of the WC/RNAO/ WCCP and the achievements of its first graduates 

    Discuss the competencies of the program graduates and how they can be utilized to impact quality sustained wound care at the organizational level

    Appreciate the generous funding of the Ontario MOH in the development, delivery and evaluation of the program

    State the collaborative nature of the program and the extensive involvement of the wound care community


October 17, 2024 16:55

Open Mic –Interprofessional Panel Discussion: Global Perspective on Wound Care

Tell us about your perspectives on wound care and reflections from the day!

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Integrate critical concepts discussed from global and local perspectives to better understand how to advance skin health and wound care excellence

    Debate key perspectives with a view to mobilizing individual and team changes in adopting and sustaining best practices to prevent and manage wounds

    Summarize learnings from the day illustrating knowledge to action related to practice and policy 


October 17, 2024 18:00

Debridement Workshop - Jointly sponsored by NSWOCC and WC

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:


    Define conservative sharp wound debridement and outline indications for its use as an intervention in wound care

    Distinguish those wounds that will benefit from debridement and those that will not considering including type of wounds, appearance of wound, and healing progress

    Describe best practices in debridement taking into consideration safety, pain, fear, infection, and patient trust

    Outline factors to consider in preparing the patient for debridement to create a sense of trust and  reduce feelings of fear

    Document the steps in arranging  for debridement with attention to preparing the site, infection control, equipment, dressing, waste management 

    Apply debridement techniques in a simulated situation with the guidance of a facilitator

Please see below in the red circle for workshop registration.

October 17, 2024 18:30

Dermatology Workshop: Topical Application for Bedside

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session participants will be able to

    Describe best practices in assessing patients  for common dermatological conditions including bullous disease, dermatitis, and fungal disease

    Identify individuals and populations at risk for common dermatological conditions and their precipitating factors

    Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to treatment for common dermatological conditions including bullous disease, dermatitis and fungal disease

    Integrate strategies related to assessment, treatment and teaching that engage patients and their caregivers.

Please see below in the yellow circle for workshop registration.


October 17, 2024 18:30

Ostomy for Early Learners Workshop for Community Care - Jointly sponsored by NSWOCC and WC

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Identify the different types of stomas and common pouching challenges

    Describe patient positioning that leads to best adherence of ostomy products

    Outline how to identify risk for peristomal skin breakdown and tools to reduce risk

    Discuss ostomy leakage and the psycho/social impact for patients and caregivers  

Please see below in the blue circle for workshop registration.


October 18, 2024 08:00

Welcome and Keynote - Equity in Diabetes Care: A focus on Lower Limb Amputations

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:  

  • Describe the populations at greater risk for developing diabetes and its complications, focusing on the prevention of foot ulcers and lower limb amputations  
  • Use hospital cost and clinical data to begin to quantify the system and societal impact of amputations and foot ulcers among those with diabetes 
  • Recognize the policy and practice opportunities for reducing diabetes complications and their disproportionate impact on marginalized populations. 
  • Identify areas for future data development and reporting to support health systems by improving quality and access to diabetes care for all people living in Canada.
October 18, 2024 09:55

Feet at DFU Risk: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Identify persons whose feet are at risk for DFU utilizing evidence-based risk factors 

    Describe the populations at risk for DFUs including the role and impact of social determinants of health 

    Recognize prevention strategies and how they could impact DFU risk

    Discuss the OHT Lower Limb Project and its potential impact on DFU risk and prevalence 

    Identify policy gaps that contribute to high numbers of persons in marginalized populations experiencing preventable amputations and other complications from DFUs


October 18, 2024 09:55

Imaging and Virtual Care: Putting it in Perspective

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Define how AI is impacting wound assessment and management

    Describe the pros and cons of using various forms of imaging and their applicability in clinical practice

    Recognize how AI can be applied to ensure best practice in wound assessment and management

Propose policy, ethical, and access implications of using AI in wound prevention and care


October 18, 2024 09:55

Major Amputation and the Role of Prosthetic Devices

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Discuss the indications for major amputation as it relates to diabetic foot ulcers

    Describe the pros and cons of major amputation as an intervention for patients experiencing DFUs

    Recognize patients with DFUs for whom amputation may be the treatment of choice using a case study approach 

    Determine best practices related to preparation for major amputation and post-surgical interventions including ensuring success in living with a prosthesis and reducing risk factors to prevent further amputation


October 18, 2024 11:40

PAD: Application of diagnostics in both remote and urban communities

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session participants will be able to:

    Define how access to and use of diagnostics are impacting PAD assessment and management in both rural and urban settings

    Describe the pros and cons of using various types of diagnostics to best assess for PAD

    Relate how the application of diagnostics ensures best practice in the assessment and management of PAD

    Propose policy considerations related to equitable access to diagnostics in rural and urban settings

October 18, 2024 11:40

Hot Topics in Evidence-based Wound Care: What’s New and What’s Tried and True?

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Identify the “hot topics” in wound care today

    Recognize emerging innovations that are demonstrating promising outcomes

    Describe current best practices that continue to demonstrate efficacy

    Specify how emerging innovations can advance skin health and wound care

    Propose policy implications related to hot topics in wound care



October 18, 2024 11:40

Wounds Canada Think Tank Meeting

October 18, 2024 13:45

Update on the 2023 Guidelines: Diabetic Foot Infection Management

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session participants will be able to:

    Recognize key additions to the DF Infection Management 2023 Guideline

    Demonstrate knowledge of key best practice recommendations 

    Discuss approaches to osteomyelitis management as outlined in the DF Infection Management 2023 Guideline

October 18, 2024 13:45

Venous Leg Ulcers and Lymphedema Management

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Define the relationship between VLU and lymphedema

    Discuss barriers to care and opportunities in VLU and lymphedema management 

    Describe current best practices in caring for persons with VLU and lymphedema 

●    Propose policy implications related to care for persons with VLU and lymphedema


October 18, 2024 13:45

Oral Poster Presentation

Learning Objectives I At the end of this Session participants will be able to:

    Understand the wound-related significance and relevance of the research presented in the oral poster session to the field of wound care.

    Apply the knowledge gained from the oral poster session to clinical practice and decision-making.

    Analyze the strengths and limitations of the research presented in the oral poster session, including methods used, sample size, and potential biases.

    Evaluate the potential impact of the research presented in the oral poster session on wound care practice and patient outcomes

    Propose policy implications related to research outcomes reflected in the poster presentations.


October 18, 2024 15:35

Patient Journey from DFU to Minor Amputation

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Identify key milestones in the patient journey from identification of risk factors for a DFU to minor amputation and living with an orthotic device using a case study approach

    Demonstrate how client-centered care including communication and education are critical in DFU prevention and management

    Recognize risk factors for a DFU and related patient teaching interventions

    Review prevention and early intervention best practices related to DFU

    Describe post-operative care and management for persons experiencing a DFU minor amputation

    Discuss  the impact of patient education on success in living with an orthotic device and prevention of future amputations



October 18, 2024 15:35

QI Offloading Initiative: Nurse and Patient Education

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Define the importance of offloading devices in the prevention of foot complications leading to wounds

    Determine indications for the use of offloading devices and factors contributing to their efficacy

    Recognize the impact of patient education in successful outcomes in use of offloading devices

  Demonstrate how a person-centred model of care impacts  the use of offloading devices and their impact


October 18, 2024 15:35

Exudate and Moisture Management: A Case-based Perspective

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Recognize risk factors such as how excessive exudate contributes to nonhealing wounds. 

    Identify dressing selections that reduce risk including how moisture balance and dressing selection contributes to wound healing

    Link dressings to information that is found in a product picker including pathways to related interventions


October 18, 2024 16:30

Open Mic - Multidisciplinary Panel Perspectives

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Integrate critical concepts discussed from national and local perspectives to better understand how to advance skin health and wound care excellence in relation to DFU and PI

    Debate key perspectives with a view to mobilizing individual and team changes in adopting and sustaining best practices for persons at risk of or experiencing DFU and PI

    Summarize learnings from the day illustrating knowledge to action related to practice and policy


October 19, 2024 08:40

Welcome and Organizations and Systems: Calm or Chaos?

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:


    Describe the diverse nature of Canada’s health care landscape from the perspective of organizational structures,  funding models, professional scope of practice, and sector focus and its impact on the national health agenda

    Identify key challenges and opportunities for advancing the skin health and wound care excellence agenda in Canada today

    Discuss examples of how DFU and PI prevention and early intervention can be addressed effectively given current opportunities

    Propose organization and system policy to advance skin health and wound care excellence in Canada’s health system    

October 19, 2024 08:40

What Primary Care Needs to Know about DFUs and Lower Limb (for MDs and NPs)

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Outline the elements of a lower leg assessment. 

    Describe the pathophysiology of diabetic foot ulcers. 

    Recognize indications of  diabetic foot infection  through office-based assessments. 

    Develop treatment plans for preventing and managing diabetic foot complications.  


October 19, 2024 09:55

Assessment of Canadians at Risk of Pressure Injury

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Indicate extrinsic factors including social determinants of health across health care sectors and their relationship to pressure injuries across populations

    Review key intrinsic factors that impact pressure injuries across patient populations 

    Recognize how skin tone can affect assessment of pressure injuries

    Describe how best to assess for PIs for patients with different skin tone colors


October 19, 2024 09:55

Building Capacity in Canadian Rural and Isolated Communities

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:


    Discuss similarities and differences in rural and urban wound care access in rural and urban areas and contributing factors

    Describe how scope of practice can differ in rural and urban areas and how members of the health team can best be prepared 

    Determine how key supports such as:  strong professional and interprofessional networks; wound care pathways; virtual care; cross sector collaboration and linkages; and rural and urban partnerships related to wound care services maximize resources and quality in underserved areas 

    Propose policy considerations to achieve equitable wound care access and health outcomes across geographies


October 19, 2024 10:50

Wounds Canada Think Tank Meeting

October 19, 2024 10:50

Pressure Injury Prevention in Canada

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Define pressure injuries, and distinguish different types and stages

    Discuss factors contributing to hard-to-heal and non-healable wounds

    Review the pathophysiology of pressure injuries and its implications for prevention and treatment

    Recognize best practices in PI prevention and how to engage patients and their caregivers

    Outline the treatment of pressure injuries focused on early detection using equipment and products, and how to maintain and sustain treatment measures to healing and beyond

October 19, 2024 10:50

Ulcers That Are Not Ulcers

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:


    Describe what is meant by the phrase “ulcers that are not ulcers”

    Identify common conditions that present as ulcers and require differential diagnosis to determine relevant treatment and interventions

    Distinguish ulcers from non-ulcers using patient history, comprehensive assessment, risk factor identification and other diagnostics 

    Employ appropriate intervention plans for ulcers that are not ulcers utilizing patient education and other related treatments

October 19, 2024 14:15

Pressure Injury Treatment with a Focus on Case Management

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session participants will be able to:

    Summarize the components of a case management approach in the care of persons with PIs

    Identify indicators for a case management approach in caring for patients with PI

    Compare roles of members of the interprofessional care team in using a case management approach in care of persons with PI

    Describe how best to ensure continuity of patient-centered care in treatment of a hard-to-health PI across health care sectors

    Apply an understanding of the case management approach in reviewing various case studies related to patients with hard to heal wounds


October 19, 2024 14:15

Quality Improvement Focus Panel: Downstream Impact of Pressure Injuries from the ER to LTC

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session participants will be able to:

    Illustrate how failure to focus on upstream factors in prevention of pressure injuries impacts patients, caregivers, providers and the system

    Describe the care and treatment of pressure injuries across populations with attention to marginalized groups

    Distinguish the similarities and differences in treating pressure injuries across sectors

    Demonstrate how organization and system engagement in prioritizing pressure injuries is imperative in reducing pressure injury incidence and prevalence.  


October 19, 2024 14:15

Oral Poster Presentation

Learning Objectives I At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    Recognize the significance and relevance of the research presented in the oral poster session to the field of wound care.

    Apply the knowledge gained from the oral poster session to personal clinical practice and decision-making.

    Analyze the strengths and limitations of the research presented in the oral poster session, including the methods used, sample size, and potential biases.

    Evaluate the potential impact of the research presented in the oral poster session on wound care practice and patient outcomes

    Propose policy implications related to research outcomes reflected in the poster presentations.


October 19, 2024 15:10

Poster Awards, Prizes and Closing

Additional Activities

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Social event

Join Us for Our Amazing Social Event

In addition to an incredible scientific program, Wounds Canada is hosting a fun in-person networking event with a trivia game and silent auction on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 pm EDT. Tickets will be available soon!

If you wish to donate a silent auction prize, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@woundscanada.ca

See you there!

Scientific Planning Committee

Co-Chair: Robyn Evans, BSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Co-Chair: Anne Shantz, RN, BScN, MClScWH, NSWOC

Helen Arputhanathan, MSc Wound Care (Australia), BScN, RN, IIWCC, NSWOC, WOCC(C)

Irmajean Bajnok, RN, BScN, MScN, PhD, FCAN, FAAN

Virginie Blanchette, BSc, MSc, DPM, PhD

Sheena Fortuna, RN

Rosemary Hill, BSN, CWOCN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)

Amanda Mayo, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, BSc

Jane McSwiggan, MSc, OT Reg.(MB), IIWCC

Douglas Queen, BSc, PhD, MBA

Graham Roche-Nagle, MD, MBA, MMEd, FRCSI, EBSQ-VASC, DFSVS

Marlene Varga, RN, BScN, MSc, IIWCC

Greg Archibald, MD,CCFP, FCFP

Why Attend

This is your opportunity to engage in discussions, participate in educational sessions,  and stay current with the latest information in wound prevention and management. Network with your colleagues and meet with new peers who are passionage about wound care!

  • Participate in the polling questions and Q&A.
  • Learn about the latest wound-related research in the virtual and in-person Poster Hall.
  • Connect with the exhibitors in the exhibit hall to learn about the newest dressings, tools, and resources in wound care
  • Download your personal swag bag complete with resources to grow your wound care knowledge
  • Attend our Sponsors Showcase Day on Thursday, October 17th, 2024, with sessions and extended exhibit times to feature the latest research, wound care products, services, and technology.
  • Join us at this dynamic wound-related conference either on your laptop, tablet, or mobile phone or in person in London, Ontario!
  • For in-person attendees, attend our special social event to meet and mingle on Friday, October 18th.
  • Our on-demand session recordings will be available until January 31, 2025!

WHO ATTENDS

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need to register.
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Whether you choose in-person or virtual registration, you will have access to on-demand presentation viewings until January 31, 2025.
See Registration Fees section above for a description of all the registration options and prices available.
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The event will remain open 24/7 until January 31, 2025. You can attend whenever it is convenient until the end of January to view the on-demand sessions.
The National Hybrid Conference is being held at the RBC Place in London from October 17-19, 2023. You may attend in-person or virtually from your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.
Yes. We will have a swag bag available for you by logging in to our conference platform. You will be able to add documents from any of the exhibitors. You may email them to yourself or share them with colleagues and friends by simply entering their email.
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DISCLAIMER: As a participant to this virtual conference, you acknowledge and agree that Wounds Canada does not endorse the information, products or services shared by presenters and sponsors. Health-care recommendations are strictly for discussion purposes and individuals should seek consultation with their respective health-care professionals. Wounds Canada has the right to make changes to the agenda, presenters, and schedules without further notice.