Health Quality Ontario released the following three wound care-related quality standards for all health care settings (including primary care, home and community care, long-term care, and acute care):
Each of the above quality standards includes a set of quality statements addressing areas that were identified as having high potential for improving the quality of care in Ontario for people who have developed, or are at risk of developing, a pressure injury, diabetic foot ulcer, or venous leg ulcer.
Although they are separate quality standards, many of the quality statements and their associated implementation tools overlap. To support the delivery of care outlined in the wound care quality statements into your practice, we have grouped together a sample of the tools and resources that are common across the three quality standards. Some of the information included in the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario Best Practice Guidelines support implementation of several quality statements. The links to each one of these best practice guidelines are included in the posts below.
Below are tools for implementation for specific wound care quality standards:
Common Wound Care Tools and Resources
Wound Infections and Wound Moisture
Health Care Provider Training and Education
- Project ECHO Ontario Skin and Wound—free, case-based learning that provides health care providers with guidance from peers about complex skin and wound care needs
- OTN Virtual Solutions for Wound Care—virtual solutions through the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) for patients and providers to support wound care best practices, resource use, and communication
Transitions in Care
- Patient Oriented Discharge Summary (PODS)—a hospital discharge process and package codesigned by patients and staff to improve follow-up care
- Transitions in Care Quality Standard—a standard set of recommendations and guidelines created by Health Quality Ontario (now the Quality business unit of Ontario Health) that addresses care for people of all ages transitioning from hospital to home
Comprehensive Tools and Resources for the Wound Care Quality Standards
The following resources may be useful for more than one topic in these wound care quality standards:
- Health Equity Impact Assessment—a decision support tool that can help your organization consider how programs and policies impact population groups differently (to help minimize health inequities)
- Quality Standards—directory of all quality standards from Health Quality Ontario (now the Quality business unit of Ontario Health)
Comment below to describe your experience with these tools or share any others you have found useful!
This post is part of a series about how quality standards can be used to support quality improvement together and provides a forum for people who are working on adopting the quality standards to share ideas and experiences. The introductory post can be found here.