- A wound care nurse will complete an assessment of the wound and the individual.
- Recommendations will be made for any other necessary testing to determine the wound cause. Identifying the wound cause, and treating the cause are the goals of best practice wound care.
- Factors which negatively affect wound healing will be identified and discussed with the patient.
- A treatment plan will be put into place. In collaboration with the patient and the GP, multi-disciplinary referrals may be made to optimize healing (i.e. chiropody, diabetic education, review of nutrition, smoking cessation, vascular consult, referral to CCAC for nursing assistance in wound care).
- Education regarding wound healing and best practice wound care will be provided.
- There will be regular follow up with the patient and communication with the other health professionals involved in the patients care.
Types of Patients Seen
Patients with delayed healing of a wound or a difficult to manage wound. Wound causes may include: arterial, venous, diabetic (neuropathic), pressure injury, burns, autoimmune disease, trauma, and post-surgical site infection
DAFHT patients may be referred to the Wound Care program at the request of their Primary Care Provider or by the CCAC nursing agency involved with their wound care