Wounds Canada is dedicated to advancing wound prevention and wound care by offering the latest policy information from leading Canadian experts. Below are a series of webinars discussing challenges, opportunities, strategies and best practices to support building healthy communities across Canada.

How do I…? Panel Exploration of Challenging Pressure Injury-related Problems

Don’t miss our panel discussing challenges we face in pressure injury prevention and management, including limitations that determine clinical decision making, and the best practices for difficult clinical scenarios.

Jennifer Matthews, MSC, MD, FRCSC
Rhonda Willms, MD, FRCPC (Phys Med & Rehab)

Moderator and Presenter:
Kaylem Boileau, RD, HBSc, BASc, MHSc. IIWCC-CAN

Quality Improvement and Pressure Injury Prevention

Join our panel of experts to assess the quality of evidence available for pressure injury prevention and learn the best recommendations and practices to develop practical, patient-centred and cost-effective quality improvements.

Brigid Gillespie, PhD, RN, FACORN
Linda Norton, B.Sc.OT, M.Sc.CH, PhD, OT Reg.(Ont)

Stephanie Chadwick, NP-PHC, MClSc-WH, BScN, NSWOC WOCC(c)

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy - Are You Ready for a Change of Perspective

Learn more about negative pressure wound therapy and its use in the treatment of pressure injuries, including its misconceptions outlined in current and past literature and how it could lead to potential research bias.

Presenter: Nick Kairinos, MBChB, FRCS, FCPlastSurg, MMed, PhD

Moderator: Alan Rogers, FC Plast Surg, MSc, FACS

Journey of a Pressure Injury

Our wound care experts address the inconsistencies in the prevention of pressure injuries and provide holistic and biopsychosocial approaches to treating and managing pressure injuries.

Peter Athanasopoulos
Elizabeth Ayello, PhD, MS, BSN, ETN, RN, CWON, MAPWCA, FAAN
Janet Kuhnke, RN, BA, BScN, MS, NSWOC, DrPsychology

Kimberly LeBlanc, PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC©, FCAN

Impact of COVID-19 on Patients, Providers and Healthcare Systems in Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has added a great strain on Canada’s healthcare and wound care systems. This session looks at new and emerging research, highlighting the negative impacts for both patients and staff -wound care clinicians, that caused an already on-going crisis to decline further.

Idevania Costa, RN, NSWOC, PhD 
Suzanne Lu, BA, BSc, DCh, MScCH 
Janet Kuhnke, RN, BA, BScN, Msc, ET, PhD 

Moderator: Crystal Mccallum, MCISc-WH, BScN, RN

Virtual Care and E-health in Wound Care

How can we best facilitate interprofessional communication and collaboration as we incorporate virtual care and e-health within our current practices? This session goes into detail about how technology has evolved in healthcare to provide more effective and accessible services, including its role and positive impact on both the patient and clinician.

Douglas Queen, BSc, PhD, MBA
Malindu Fernando, PhD, MBBS, BHSc Podiatry (Hons) 

Moderator: Virginie Blanchette, PhD, DPM, MSc, BSc

Wound Infection Consensus Document

Join us for an in-depth discussion of the new Wound Infection in Clinical Practice 2022 Consensus Document and how to best align our wound care practices with its recommendations.

Karen Ousey, PhD, MA, PGDE, BA, DPPN, RN 

Indigenous Cultural Safety

Dr. Marie-Claude Tremblay discusses the inequities of Indigenous healthcare in Canada and guides us through the importance of cultural safety and its process by taking on a patient-centred approach and understanding the social determinants of health.

Presenter: Marie-Claude Tremblay, MA, PhD
Moderator: Jeremy Caul, RN, CDE, BScN, MCISc-WH

Wound Care and Harm Reduction

Our expert panel will guide you in exploring the complexities and current available evidence surrounding wound care practices for people who use intravenous drugs and develop soft tissue and skin abscesses through reducing the negative impact of substance use while also maintaining and protecting an individual’s autonomy.

Janet Kuhnke, RN, BA, BScN, MSc, NSW0C, Dr Psychology
Erin Telegdi, RN, BA, BScN
Moderator: Jennifer Dresser, BA BScN, MCISc-WH (candidate), RN

Keynote: A Passion for Saving Limbs: Lessons Learned from a Career in Amputation Prevention

Dr. Vickie Driver shares insights gained from her career as well as past literature on the gaps of lower extremity limb preservation and amputation prevention and how far we’ve come since then.

Presenter: Vickie Driver, DPM, MA, FACFAS, FAAWC
Moderator: Ahmed Kayssi, MD, MSc, MPH, FRCSC

Challenges and Opportunities to Limb Preservation in Rural and Remote Communities

In this panel, the speakers will identify the universal barriers to limb preservation in rural and remote communities. They will also describe the potential opportunities, solutions, technologies and initiatives to improve access to multidisciplinary care and patient outcomes.

Jeremy Caul MClSc-WH BScN RN CDE, Bijan Najafi MSc PhD, Peta Tehan BHealth Sc (Pod) GCPTT GCertWoundCare PhD, David Armstrong DPM MD PhD

Wound Care Challenges in Indigenous Communities

In this session, speakers will identify the barriers and opportunities for implementing best practices in wound prevention and care in Indigenous communities.

Daisy Sugarhead RN BScN Anishnawbe Mushkiki Eqway,  Heather Wright MClSc-WH BScN RN NSWOC WOCC(C), Shafiq Qaadri MD HBA

Barriers and Opportunities for Virtual Wound Care in Canada: Funding, Policy, Technology and Clinical Practice Issues

In this panel, speakers will identify and discuss the barriers and opportunities to virtual wound care in Canada.

Trevor Champagne MD FRCPC DABD, Christine Murphy PhD RN WOCC(C), Laurie Parsons MD FRCPC IMWCC, Douglas Queen PhD MBA


Diabetic Foot Amputation Prevention: Pathways From Across the World

In this session, the speakers will identify different diabetes-related non-traumatic lower limb amputation prevention pathways from across the world.

Karim Manji DPM FACFAS, Harikrishna Nair MD FRCPI FCWCS CMIA, Lee Rogers DPM FFPM RCPS(Glasg.), Gulnaz Tariq RN BSN PGDip(Pak) IIWCC-UAE, Kristien VanAcker MD PhD, Tobi Mark BSc DCh


Tips from the Experts: Use of Advanced Therapies

Electrical stimulation therapy (E-stim) is an example of an evidence-informed advanced therapy that is independent of industry and that requires health professionals to advocate, educate and implement. Successful knowledge implementation strategies used to promote the addition of E-Stim into several sites across Canada within the “E-Stim Collaboration Project” will be presented. Lessons learned from the strategic implementation of advanced therapies into Alberta Health Services. Local policies and procedures (clinical resource tool) as well as other useful resources designed to help clinicians incorporate advanced therapies into everyday practice will be identified. The information provided can be used to support the implementation of advanced therapies into different health care settings located across Canada.

Pamela Houghton PhD PT, Kelly Sair MClSc-WH BScPT, Jordan Smart MClSc-WH BN RN

The Impact of COVID-19 on Patients with Wounds: A National Perspective

In this panel, the speakers will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on patients with wounds in Canada.

Maureen Charlebois CHE MHSc BScN RN, Crystal McCallum MClSc-WH BScN RN, Ranjani Somayaji MPH BScPT MD FRCPC, Rosemary Kohr PhD RN

Virtual Wound Care: Lessons COVID-19 has Taught

In this session, the presenters describe some components of a wound care clinic or setting that need to be considered when being forced to change practice overnight due to a pandemic. They will also describe the barriers and solutions to care in moving clinic clients that are followed by a multidisciplinary team to a home environment.

Laurie Parsons MD FRCPC IMWCC, Kelly Sair MClSc-WH BScPT, Glyn Murgatroyd BScOT BPE


Implementing Best Practice in Alberta: A Diabetes Foot Care Clinical Pathway

In this session, speakers will describe their successful approach to implementing a sustainable diabetes foot care clinical pathway in the primary care sector in Alberta and the outcomes to date.

Kathy Dmytruk RD CDE, Petra O'Connell BSc MHSA, Eileen Emmott BScN RN WOCC(C) IIWCC

Facilitating the Implementation of Best Practice in Alberta: Pressure Injury Prevention

This session highlights work from the Provincial Pressure Injury Committee, Covenant Health’s pressure injury prevention program and the Neurosciences Rehabilitation and Vision Strategic Clinical Network. This session also reviews systemic and organizational barriers related to pressure injury prevention in Alberta and strategies to overcome these barriers to improve outcomes. This session will include information related to pressure injury audits, knowledge translation, collaboration and engagement.

Charlene Brosinsky BSN RN, Chester Ho MD, Marlene Varga MSc BScN RN, Kimberly Nickoriuk BN RN

Advancing Collaborative Practice in Alberta

In this session, the speakers will describe the difference between evidence-based and evidence-informed practice, and their impact on professional practice and resource allocation from both a clinical and organizational perspective. The session will explore the role of the provincial formulary and clinical practice resources in streamlining clinical practice, and describe the impact of clinical information systems on patient outcomes. 

Kimberly Nickoriuk BN RN, Michele Stanley RN

How to Convince Decision Makers to Invest in Limb Preservation

In this panel, the speakers will identify strategies to convince decision-makers to invest in limb preservation services/centres.

Venita Chandra MD FACS, Karim Manji DPM FACFAS, Richard Neville MD FACS DMSVS, Giuseppe Papia MD MSc FRCSC FRSCS