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The care team at Providence Healthcare (from L to R): Susan Chandler, clinical nurse specialist in wound care & prevention, Kimberly Mackenzie, relationships and partnerships manager, Chiara Campitelli-Thompson, patient care manager, and Kelly Tough, patient flow manager.

A new wound-care initiative is

tackling painful wait times By Selma Al-Samarrai and Michael Oliveira revor Kampen marvels at the number of people he’s met during his journey from St. Michael’s Hospital to Providence Healthcare to treat his debilitating pressure wound, a condition caused by his spina bifida. “There’s a lot of people involved in this,” the 30-year-old says with a chuckle as he tries to list off the names of all the doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, his dietician and others who have had a part in his care. “If I forget somebody, I’m sorry, but there’s a lot of names and faces to remember.” Kampen is the first patient to take part in the new St. Michael’s-Providence clinical collaboration that could eventually help double the number of



pressure wound surgeries performed at St. Michael’s each year. Pressure wounds are caused by prolonged or intense pressure to a localized area, and often develop in individuals with impairments in sensation or motor function. Providence staff have enhanced knowledge to provide rehabilitation for patients who undergo the surgery. “To be a part of this new initiative and be able to provide a service in such a meaningful and important surgery is very exciting,” says Providence patient care manager Chiara Campitelli-Thompson. “It may sound a little cliché but this has been the true definition of collaboration.” Previously, it was a struggle to find facilities that could take on a patient

for the typical six-to-eight weeks of post-operative recovery time, says Dr. James Mahoney, chief of Plastic Surgery, who performs the surgeries along with Dr. Karen Cross. “I had actually stopped doing the surgery for more than a year because I did not have the rehab space to provide patients the support I thought they required,” Dr. Mahoney says. “The surgery is only one little part,” he adds, stressing how important the collaborative nature of the initiative is. “My surgery can be undone in one episode if something is not done correctly in the rehab process.” Collaborating with Providence as the rehabilitation site means patients have access to the interdisciplinary care needed for a healthy recovery, explained Janeth Velandia, nurse prac-

titioner for the Wound Care Team at St. Michael’s Hospital, and one of three project leads for this clinical collaboration along with Cecilia (TingTing) Wan, occupational therapist for the Wound Care Team, and Kimberly Mackenzie, relationships and partnerships manager at Providence. “Providence has the full range of health care providers who are needed for rehabilitation for surgery to be successful, such as doctors, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, registered nurses, and registered dietitians,” explained Velandia. Kampen’s spina bifida – which limits the sensation in his lower body – led to his first pressure wound issue almost a decade ago. Continued on page 30

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Hospital News March 2019  

Focus: Wound Care, Gerontology, Alternate Level of Care and Rehab. Special coverage on HSCN Conference. Special: Special Annual Wound Care S...

Hospital News March 2019  

Focus: Wound Care, Gerontology, Alternate Level of Care and Rehab. Special coverage on HSCN Conference. Special: Special Annual Wound Care S...