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Spotlight Best Practice Organization Regional SCI Rehabilitation Program – Parkwood Hospital, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, London The breadth of clinical and academic expertise in wound healing practice, at this site, is noteworthy. The SCI Rehabilitation Program has an interprofessional wound care team, a nursing-mediated wound coaching/training program, and a specialized wound-related feeding program. Key personnel affiliated with this site, including Drs Houghton, Campbell and Keast, are involved with the Canadian pressure ulcer guideline development project, and the program has developed an evidence-informed electrical stimulation therapy (EST) wound-healing protocol for chronic non-healing pressure sores. Parkwood is also leading a national pressure ulcer telehealth pilot project. Innovations in wound care are the hallmark at Parkwood Hospital, due to interprofessional collaboration between researchers and expert clinicians. Researchers affiliated with partner organizations at the Lawson Health Research Institute and the University of Western Ontario have led the development of evidence resources such as SCIRE (www.scireproject.com), facilitating the subsequent development of the Canadian SCI Pressure Ulcer Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG). Leveraging these resources and partnerships, clinicians at Parkwood Hospital have established the role of EST in the management of chronic non-healing pressure sores. Efforts are underway to ensure EST is implemented throughout the community, and in the Ontario regional service catchment area. In addition, Parkwood Hospital staff have taken a leadership role among six Canadian rehabilitation centres (Québec City, Montréal, Toronto, London, Edmonton and Calgary), within the SCI Knowledge Mobilization Network (KMN). The KMN is currently focused on implementing pressure ulcer prevention and management best practices, for individuals living with SCI. The KMN is funded collaboratively by RHI, ONF and the Alberta Paraplegic Foundation (APF), with local site implementation teams comprised of clinicians, administrators, patients, their support providers and other stakeholders. 90 CAPTURING CAPACITY IN CANADIAN SCI REHABILITATION


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