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CHCA on the Issues - Wound Care

Effective wound management is a challenge for Canada’s health system and especially the home care sector.  It is estimated that one-third of all home and community care clients have wound care needs [Baich et al, 2010] and 50 percent of care delivered by home care programs involves the management of wounds [McIsaac, 2007]. 

Wounds cost the health system $3.9 billion annually (approximately 3 percent of total healthcare expenditures), and individuals with chronic wounds experience harmful consequences including intractable pain, infectious complications, hospitalization, reduced quality of life, depression, and increased risk of death [Wounds, National Stakeholder Round-table, June 2012].


 Wound Care Report - CHCA 2012


Evidence-based Wound Care, Home Care Perspective  

This report outlines the issues and challenges of wound management in the home care sector, provides recommendations on effective wound management strategies and highlights a number of initiatives across the country that have implemented the recommendations and are achieving positive financial results and client outcomes.



The Home Care Knowledge Network explored the evidence, challenges and opportunities to enhance wound care management within home care. Initiatives undertaken by home care programs across the country were shared. 


Accountability in Wound Care - Evidence-Based Care, a standardized evidence based wound management solution that resulted in improved client outcomes and $300,000 in savings.

Presented by: Joanne van Rennes, Manager, Client Services - Wound Care, North Simcoe Muskoka CCAC

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Wound Management in Home Care - A Pan-Canadian View - Highlights of wound management practices across Canada and provides recommendations for cost effective and care effective strategies for wound management in home care.

Canadian Home Care Association

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