North West LHIN Regional Wound Plan
Wounds are a serious health complication that impact quality of life for the individual and have significant clinical and economic implications. Chronic wounds in particular can create additional challenges for those who have compromised health status. Lack of appropriate and timely care leads to irreversible complications including limb amputation. In many cases chronic wounds can be avoided, or if detected in the early stages managed effectively, reducing the risk of amputation. A regional strategy for wound care provides the opportunity to develop a clear action plan on care coordination and enhanced wound services across the North West LHIN ensuring that clients have access to wound care that is founded in evidence informed practice, and provided in a timely manner in the most appropriate setting regardless of where they live.
The Regional Wound Plan was created through the analysis and synthesis of both qualitative and quantitative information. Stakeholder engagement was conducted with decision makers and frontline providers. Relevant evidence based models of care were identified through a literature review and scan of key documents from other jurisdictions.
All recommendations are aligned with Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, Ontario’s Diabetes Strategy, and the North West LHIN’s Integrated Health Services Plan 2016-2019 and Health Services Blueprint. Utilizing the model of service delivery recommended in the Blueprint, the plan describes how wound care services will be organized and delivered at the local, district, and regional levels.
Download the Regional Wound Plan and Executive Summary below: