NOTICE: As of September 1 2020, Practical management of lower extremity wounds is not accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada - Saskatchewan Division. The Lower Extremity Wound Pathway will reapply for re-accreditation of this program pending content updates that will align the course with the Sask Health Authority’s upcoming release of province-wide clinical practice standards for wound care. Learners are welcome to browse the course, but certificates of completion cannot be redeemed for Mainpro+ continuing education hours with the CFPC. The timeline for new program content is currently under review. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Welcome to
“Practical Management of Lower Extremity Wounds”

A continuing education course offered by the Saskatchewan Lower
Extremity Wound Pathway.

This course is designed to support primary care providers to initiate early, optimal management for venous and arterial leg wounds and diabetic foot ulcers. Early identification and multidisciplinary care are proven to produce better outcomes for patients.

Participants in this course will

You may browse any modules by clicking on the module links, but in order to take the course for credit please register here.


 Frequently Asked Questions

The pathway is created to support optimal care for chronic lower extremity wounds by: standardizing wound assessment and treatment around evidence-based assessment and treatment protocols; providing training and tools to nurses and physicians; supporting better communication among multidisciplinary providers; clarifying red flags for specialist referral; monitoring patient outcomes. For more information about the pathway and to access all tools and documents, visit the web pages here.

The author of this course is Dr. Tessa Laubscher, Co-chair of the Clinical Implementation Committee for the Lower Extremity Wound Pathway. Dr. Laubscher received her medical education in South Africa. Since moving to Canada in 1990 she has worked in family medicine in rural and urban communities and for the University of Saskatchewan. She currently works part-time in diabetes medicine, chronic disease management, quality improvement and medical education. She is a diabetes consultant in the Saskatoon Adult Diabetes Clinic, physician co-chair of the Saskatchewan CDM-QIP program, and physician advisor to the Rx Files Academic Detailing Program.

Input has been provided by a planning committee as well as members of the multidisciplinary Implementation Committee for the Lower Extremity Wound Pathway including:

  • Dr. Don McCarville (co-chair of the Clinical Implementation Committee for the Lower Extremity Wound Pathway) – Dr. McCarville declares the following affiliations: Sigvaris Corporation (speakers honoraria), New England Research Institutes and Collaborative (clinical trials)
  • Dr. Myles Deutscher – Dr. Deutscher declares the following affiliation: Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians (Board member)
  • Dr. Jacqueline Kraushaar, Dr. Janna Cuthbert, Dr. Brian Laursen, and Carolyn Morin RN (no affiliations declared)

This web-based course is divided into six modules of differing lengths. Learners may advance through the material at their own speed. Most modules end with a quiz to assess learning objectives. In all, most participants can complete the program in 2-3 hours.

There is no cost to take the online training course.

To get credits for this course, you must register. Click “Register” to provide your contact information and begin the course. After completing the final quiz and course evaluation, you will be issued a certificate of completion by e-mail.

A score of 100% on the final quiz is required to generate a certificate of completion. Multiple attempts are permitted.