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Wounds Canada aims to provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based information available to health decision makers across Canada and around the world. We publish two major wound-related publications – Wound Care Canada and Diabetic Foot Canada e-Journal – and have created a reading list of interest of articles written by leading wound-care and policy experts, and information and tools to assist you in preventing and managing various types of wounds.





What is the Wound CARE Instrument?

The Wound Care Instrument was developed by Wounds Canada and the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy to provide a set of standards that support healthcare providers, wound management leaders, educators, purchasing managers, administrators, organizations, and health authorities to undertake a comprehensive and collaborative evidence-informed appraisal process before developing or introducing a wound management educational event or program.

The Wound CARE Instrument will:

Provide a foundation to identify the components required to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and sustain evidence-informed wound management education and programming.

Provide a benchmark to appraise the quality of wound management education and programming.

Support collaboration in the development and implementation of wound management education and programming.

Inform decisions related to the endorsement, adoption, adaption, purchase or rejection of wound management education and programming.

Improve patient care and health outcomes relating to the prevention and management.

 Why Use the Wound CARE Instrument?

With the latest evidence on education and program development synthesized into one document, healthcare professionals and organizations can standardize and improve the quality of wound care; thus, valuable resources may be reallocated to support other healthcare outcomes.

These standards for wound care education and program development can greatly affect the delivery and outcomes of wound management, making a significant contribution to Canadian healthcare.

The Wound CARE Instrument is divided into five phases that successfully support education and program development. Each phase in the Wound CARE Instrument has identified standards, which are followed by a discussion of the evidence.

Phase 1:

Preliminary Planning is an often forgotten step that ensures the purpose and goal are considered beforehand. This activity must be completed in a collaborative, comprehensive manner to successfully accomplish the remaining phases.

Phase 2:

Preparation and Development ensure that the components of the design and planning of the wound management educational event or program are met.

Phase 3:

Implementation supports the effective delivery of wound management educational events and programs.

Phase 4:

Outcomes provide the elements necessary to evaluate and measure the results post-implementation of wound management educational events and programs.

Phase 5:

Sustainability and Post- Implementation Planning ensure that short- and long-term strategies are in place to maintain the benefits of the wound management educational event or program, and provide ongoing support and evaluation.

How to use the Wound CARE Instrument:

Step 1: Select an educational event or program to be appraised and identify stakeholders to be involved in the decision-making.

Step 2: Stakeholders must review the proposed or existing educational event or program, consider preliminary planning, planning and development, implementation, evaluation and sustainability.

Step 3: Each stakeholder appraises and scores* the event or program independently, using the standards identified in the Wound CARE Instrument.

Step 4: Stakeholders meet to discuss their independent reviews and arrive collaboratively at a decision. They achieve consensus to endorse, adopt, adapt, purchase or reject the educational event or program.

Step 5: The instrument is signed by each stakeholder and dated to document the appraisal and final recommendation. This record should be kept on file.

* By using a scoring system the stakeholders can identify the weak areas easily and recommend improvement to increase the quality of the educational event or program.

Development Team

• Heather Orsted, RN, BN, ET, MSc

• Kimberly Stevenson, RN, BN, IIWCC

• M. Gail Woodbury, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Task Force

• Heather Orsted, RN, BN, ET, MSc (Chair)

• Karen Bruton, RN, CETN(C), IIWCC

• Patricia Coutts, RN, IIWCC

• Catherine Harley, RN, IIWCC, EMBA

• Mary Hill, RN, BScN, CETN(C), MScN

• David Keast, MSc, MD, FCFP

• Kathryn Kozell, RN, BA, MScN,CETN(C),APN (AC)

• Kimberly LeBlanc, BScN, RN,CETN(C),MN, IIWCC,

• R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, FRCPC(Med) (Derm)

• Kevin Woo, RN, MSc, PhD, ACNP, GNC(C)

The Wound CARE Instrument has undergone a Delphi panel of Canadian wound care educators and a pilot with Canadian wound care clinicians and relevant stakeholders.

The Wound CARE Instrument is now available for distribution and downloading. Please CLICK HERE  to download the Wound CARE Instrument in PDF.



You will find below a listing of National and International wound care related events. 


AAWC Pressure Ulcer Summit, February 9-10, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia

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We invite you to join us for the AAWC Pressure Ulcer Summit, February 9-10 in Atlanta, Georgia to be an active participant and learn the most current information about aawcpressure ulcer pathophysiology, early recognition, description, quality metrics, and treatment.
Through use of facilitated group discussion and collaborative interdisciplinary sessions, participants of the PrU Summit will:

- Learn more about prevention, assessment and intervention
- Discover how you can use pressure ulcer data to improve patient care
- Implement the most current science to promote better outcomes

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Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg

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The Lymphedema Association of Manitoba (LAM) is hosting their Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg.

Friday’s session will be geared toward health care providers who have patients with lymphedema or want to know more about the topic. Saturday’s session will be patient/caregiver-centered, but may also be of interest to healthcare professionals.

Dr. Marc Hamel is the headline speaker who will be presenting on both days. Dr. Hamel works at the McGill University Health Centre and will be speaking to learning strategies to cope with lymphedema with a focus on resilience. Other speakers and topics include:

Dr. Michael McIntyre on mindfulness and self-care.  Dr. McIntyre is involved with the Compassion Project in Winnipeg.

Ms. Dayna Mascitelli and Ms. Claudette Zinko, musculoskeletal specialists with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, will present a session on injury prevention & ergonomics.

For more information on the symposium or to register, please visit

Lymphedema is a chronic condition that a person can be born with but can also occur when lymph vessels are damaged or removed as a result of surgery, cancer treatments or severe injury. It may also develop in cases of recurring infections, venous insufficiency or filariasis. There is no cure for lymphedema, however, it can be successfully managed if diagnosed and treated in a timely way. Managing lymphedema involves diligent care of the affected body part.

About LAM:

The Lymphedema Association of Manitoba (LAM) is a registered, charitable association on a mission to ensure Manitobans impacted by lymphedema have equal access to appropriate resources. LAM strives to raise awareness and educate the public and health care professionals on the issues and the needs of those affected with lymphedema while empowering affected individuals and their families to manage this condition.

For more information or interviews, contact:

Susan Stratford, President, Board of Directors

Lymphedema Association of Manitoba

Phone: 204-452-3095

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Registered Nurses Association of Ontario - Best Practice in Wound Care Institute: Clinical Stream. March 18 - 23, 2018
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario - Best Practice in Wound Care Institute: Program Planning Stream. March 21 - 23, 2018
Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC) National Conference April 8-11, 2018, Ottawa, ON
IVO 2018 World Congress Presented by the Pedorthic Association of Canada April 12-14, 2018 - The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

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AdvantAge Ontario’s Annual Meeting and Convention April 16-18, 2018 - The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

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AdvantAge Ontario’s 2018 Annual General Meeting and Convention is the annual opportunity for senior staff from long term care homes and seniors’ housing organizations across Ontario to come together and discuss current issues and to learn about products and services available in the marketplace. The Tradeshow brings buyers and sellers together.

AdvantAge Ontario’s Convention draws approximately 450-500 delegates from across Ontario including:

        CEOs and Administrators

        Board Members

        Senior Managers

        DONs, DOCs, RNs, RPNs

        Food Service Supervisors and Dietitians

        Environmental and Maintenance Managers

        Departmental Managers

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37th National CAET Conference - Victoria, BC May 3-6, 2018

World Union of Wound Healing Societies 2020 - Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Please CLICK HERE for more information.

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As part of our efforts to support professional education, Wounds Canada is pleased to provide links to resources on all aspects of wound management and prevention.  In this section you will find a comprehensive wound care resource library.  Wounds Canada is dedicated to a collaborative, integrated team approach to wound management and prevention.  We believe that our efforts to enhance health professionals’ knowledge, skills and abilities will ultimately improve the health of Canadians as well as lead to improvements in our publicly funded healthcare system.


As part of our efforts to support professional education, Wounds Canada is pleased to provide links to resources on all aspects of wound management and prevention. You are encouraged to bookmark this page, share this information with your colleagues and, if you have authored a relevant article for which you hold the copyright, we ask you to help by sharing your article with your colleagues in wound management.  Please send us an electronic copy of your article to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will review for possible posting here on our website.

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Note: these documents can be used for educational purposes provided Wounds Canada is credited. For example: "Figure 1. Wound Prevention and Management Cycle (quick reference guide), Wounds Canada, 2017. Retrieved from"/health-care-professional/resources-health-care-pros/library
NB :  ces documents peuvent être utilisés à des fins éducatives à condition que Wounds Canada /Plaies Canada soit crédité.


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