Enablers are a collection of clinically-relevant resources that can be easily accessed by health care professionals whenever they are needed.
When Dr Sibbald co-founded the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) in 1999, he was keenly aware of the need for straightforward resources that could be close at hand as needs arise in a clinical setting. As a dermatologist and internist with interest in wound care and education, he could see how an internet resource could help, so he launched WoundPedia.com as a companion to the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course.
WoundPedia.com hosts a resource of clinically-relevant wound care enablers that reflect expert knowledge and respect patient concerns.
Note: The enablers are currently under review and updates are being prepared. The grey icons below refer to the 2008 resource. As updated enablers are released, they will replace the existing resources.
DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS
Foot ulcers are a major complication, occurring in ~15% of people with diabetes mellitus.
INFECTION & INFLAMMATION
Chronic wounds contain a variety of microbial flora.
Leg ulcers are common in the population in general.
LOCAL WOUND CARE
Large soft tissue deficits are a challenge in wound care.
OSTOMY, CONTINENCE & SKIN CARE
The common thread is protection and management of the skin.
PAIN & QUALITY OF LIFE
Pain is a common concern that has a profound effect on patients with chronic wounds.
Local surgical factors affect postoperative wound healing
The materials on WoundPedia are not fixed protocols. They are evidence-based information for health care professionals to consider when providing wound care. However, it is equally important to weigh these against the local context and specific individual considerations. Please check the disclaimer.
WoundPedia initiatives, including the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC), are based on evidence-informed practice.
WoundPedia is committed to knowledge mobilization through shared learning, networking, and initiatives that further wound care as a clinical speciality. WoundPedia's principle of optimized patient care extends to developing and emerging healthcare systems around the world.
The International Interprofessional Wound Care Course meets the accreditation criteria of The College of Family Physicians of Canada. As an Accredited Group Learning Activity, IIWCC allows physicians to convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (American Medical Association).
ECHO Ontario Skin & Wound Care
Project ECHO® is an international learning community representing more than 220 hubs in 31 countries. The Project ECHO Ontario Skin and Wound Care Hub features live online sessions, de-identified patient cases, and case discussions.
The concept of evidence-informed practice is an important background for the development of wound care as a clinical specialty. WoundPedia brings this to life through a user-friendly web resource of enablers.