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New wound care manual co-directed by Montfort nurse

Ottawa, April 18, 2023 – On the occasion of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Specialized Nurses Week, Montfort highlights the publication of an extensive wound care manual co-directed by Valérie Chaplain, a nurse specialized in wound, ostomy and continence care at the hospital.

Entitled Pratiques exemplaires en soins des plaies : de novice à expert, the French-language manual is divided into two volumes, 45 chapters and counts over 1,750 pages. It is intended to equip healthcare professionals who are new to the field as well as those with many years of experience.

The result of a true interprofessional collaboration, this manual includes texts by a dozen authors from Canada, Switzerland and Belgium, under the direction of Isabelle Reeves and Valérie Chaplain. This resource fills a major gap in French-language documentation for all healthcare professionals working with the French-speaking population of Canada.

"It is my sincere hope that this book will help establish a common language among us and build a strong francophone community of practice," says Valérie Chaplain, nurse specialized in wound, ostomy and continence care at Montfort and co-director of the manual. "Not only to collectively increase knowledge and skills, but more importantly to optimize the safe management of the Franco-Canadian population dealing with wounds," she adds.

Both volumes of Pratiques exemplaires en soins des plaies : de novice à expert are available from Presses de l'Université Laval. Use the promotional code "SOINS2023" to benefit from a discount.

About Valérie Chaplain

A biologist and nurse by training, Valérie Chaplain obtained her certification as a nurse specialized in wound, ostomy and continence care. She has been a clinical nurse specialist in wound, ostomy and continence care at Montfort since 2013 where, in addition to direct patient care, she is actively involved in the training of nursing and medical staff.

She is occasionally invited to offer courses in wound care at the Université de Sherbrooke and the University of Ottawa. Widely involved with Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC), she contributes greatly to the dissemination of documents produced by NSWOCC for the entire French-Canadian community.

About Montfort

Hôpital Montfort is Ontario’s Francophone Academic Hospital, offering exemplary person-centred care. The hospital serves over 1.2 million people in Eastern Ontario, in both official languages. In 2022, it earned Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada for the third time, and is the first francophone host as the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s flagship Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO).

With its main partners, the University of Ottawa and La Cité college, as well as other post-secondary programs, Montfort is preparing the next generation of Francophone healthcare professionals. Since 2015, it has joined the ranks of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals through the activities of the Institut du Savoir Montfort, its knowledge institute. Montfort strives to become “your hospital of reference for outstanding services, designed with you and for you”. In 2019, it was named one of the world’s top 1000 hospitals.

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