The focus on treatment vs. prevention of Canadian health systems leads to increased patient suffering and wasted health-care dollars. This is true across all wound types except surgical. For wounds that are not preventable, there is often a lack of attention to preventing them from becoming chronic.

Evidence-informed best practice is not standard in all jurisdictions. Clinician education needs improvement and government policies must align with the latest best practice research.

While many jurisdictions claim to be patient-focused, none, in fact, are. A true patient focus would prevent many wounds from forming in the first place and prevent existing acute wounds from become chronic.