MISSION & VISION
Accelerated Orthopedic Services & Medical Supply Inc. is an entrepreneurial company providing highly accessible and affordable services specializing in advanced orthopedic, diabetic wound and foot care treatments, which may lead to a greatly expedited healing process--saving patients significant time and frustration in addition to offering improved health outcomes.
We strive to excel in meeting the challenging epidemic of diabetic foot and wound-care management needs of our clients and to be part of a creative, significantly cost-saving solution for the public health care system by unburdening urgent care/emergency departments and orthopedic specialists’ offices of non-urgent orthopedic patients and preventing costly amputations.
Offering specialized nurse-led services, in collaboration with physician specialists, we will offer a progressive, semi-private health service model of the future, better utilizing the vastness and depth of knowledge and experience nurses offer, the creation of employment for specialized nurses, and significant cost-savings to the health care region with this centralized care model.
We plan to create the first Accelerated Cast Clinic & Lower Limb Preservation Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
All orthopedic, wound care and foot care services will be provided in holistic, multi-disciplinary approach with a small, nominal fee to the patient for quick and timely care.
We are endeavoring to develop a new model for efficient and advanced management of non-emergent orthopedic and lower limb wound patients whereby they can be treated and serviced by Certified Nurse Practitioners, Wound Specialists, Orthopedic Technicians, and foot care nurses who maintain close contact with physicians specializing in vascular surgery, infectious disease, plastic/reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, nephrology and endocrinology. Our holistic, client-centered approach will also involve Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers and other health professionals as necessary to promote rapid healing and maintenance of healing in the home.
What gaps in our health care system will we be meeting?
Over 3 years ago we identified gaps in our health care system including the opportunity to meet the following health care needs in Edmonton and surrounding communities:
- To redirect chronic wound patients
from extremely busy, unequipped, under-trained, out-patient orthopedic clinics
and provide consistent, skilled and specialized services to address the
advanced wound care needs of diabetic or chronic foot/leg ulcers.
- To redirect non-urgent/non-surgical
orthopedic patients from ER departments improving patient experience and
reducing ER wait times.
- To make advanced treatments and
medical devices accessible at an affordable cost to improve their healing
- To create additional clinical
placements for specialized nursing students as well as employment for same.
- In addition to increased
product/medical device sales, the growth and expansion to a brick and mortar
clinic/storefront will open several funding opportunities, allowing most
services to be covered under government health insurance or other funding.
What services and products will be available to the public?
Patient education programs that emphasize proper nutrition and home foot care to decrease the likelihood of diabetic complications such as infection, ulcerations, peripheral vascular disease and amputations.
Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment of non-emergent injuries
In our Cast Clinic, our physicians and nurses will provide expert assessment and treatment of your orthopedic injuries, such as arm/leg fractures, tendon or ligament tears, sprains/strains, etc. We will also provide related casts, splints, braces, mobility equipment and more at affordable prices. Emergent cases, such as an open fracture, dislocation, or other situations where emergent care is needed will be referred to your local Emergency Department.
Prophylactic Foot Care
The debridement of diseased nails, corns and callus in the high-risk patient population.
Lower Limb Assessments/Testing
ABI (Ankle-Brachial Pressure Index), TBI (Toe-Brachial Index), Diabetic Foot Screening, High Risk Foot Assessment (according to Alberta Health Services DON SCN and CAWC guidelines/documentation) and appropriate referrals.
Best Practice Wound Care (according to Wounds Canada Recommendations) including "debridement" of non-viable tissue.
geko™ Wound Therapy
State-of-the-art wound healing modality to improve circulation. Many patients using the geko™ device also experience a reduction in edema, improved sensation, decreased pain and improved adherence to compression. The device is available with a physician or nurse practitioner prescription and supervision.
Compression therapy, utilizing the latest compression technology and systems, to aid in healing of venous ulcers and management of CVI. Ex: CircAid
Off-loading, Orthotics Insoles & Shoes
Orthotic technicians and prosthetists who produce custom-made, off-loading devices to assist wound healing, orthoses and prostheses. (Referrals provided)
Innovative, offloading mobility devices
Certified fitters will demonstrate, fit and train clients how to use 100% off-loading devices, such as knee scooters and the IWALK Hands Free Crutch, to compliment best practice wound care. These are sold/rented as necessary at a very affordable cost. See our website for details.
Nutritional Keto/Gluten/Diabetic Friendly snacks & supplements
With every health service we offer education on nutritional choices to encourage bone, wound, joint healing as well as for a health lifestyle in general. We have a variety of healthy snacks and supplements available for our clients or walk-in customers and for online-shoppers through our E-store.
Orthopedic, Wound and Foot Care Supply
Service related supplies are available for an affordable cost to ensure client finances are not a barrier to rapid and maintained healing.
The Total Contact Cast Treatment (TCC)
Weekly treatment averages approx.5-8 weeks/patient for diabetic/foot ulcer management. AOS offers a proven Total Contact Cast treatment protocols, which may provide up to 90% faster healing time for patients. This is weeks/months less of treatment time and frustration, resulting in up to 85% cost savings for the health care system over current, traditional methods of diabetic wound/plantar ulcer/Charcot foot and Post-Op Immobilization of deformity reconstruction management. The treatment is available with a physician or nurse practitioner prescription.
Most recently, TCC treatment has been recognized as the “gold standard” treatment in Ontario, and is now provided within that health care region at no cost to the patient. AOS is endeavoring to work in collaboration with the Alberta Health Region to provide this essential service under Alberta Health Care for all Albertans. This treatment is also recognized on the DON SCN Diabetic Foot Care Pathway, which has been initiated by Alberta Health Services for the near future.
Each year approximately 450 Albertans undergo a diabetes-related lower-limb amputation. Sadly, 85% of these amputations are preventable. The potential implications resulting from an amputation are even more concerning – studies show that the five-year survival rate following an amputation is lower than many forms of cancer. It is safe to say amputations are not benign.
Which LOWER LIMB & DIABETIC FOOT PRESERVATION SERVICES are being offered currently on a mobile basis?
Medical foot care, advanced wound care, sale/rental/fitting of mobility equipment are currently available on a mobile basis by our certified orthopedic/wound/foot care nurse. She will come to YOU in the CONVENIENCE of your own home.
Currently, all services must be paid for privately and submitted to private health insurance plans for reimbursement. We welcome physician referrals and work with individual insurance plans to seek maximum coverage possible.
Direct Billing may be available through WCB with a physician prescription.
A physician prescription may be required for treatment and/or reimbursement by insurance plans.
When do we plan to open our new “Accelerated (After Hours) Cast Clinic & Limb Preservation Centre?
We have proven the concept and have been providing some health services on a MOBILE basis since Nov 2016. With YOUR help We aim to open our Cast Clinic & Limb Preservation Centre in a convenient, in a central area in the Spring of 2019.
What drives us to tackle this momentous project?
Because our passion is to be part of the solution!
Here are some scary, but important facts for you to consider:
1. It’s estimated that over half of ER visits are by patients who are trying to access services after business hours, unaware of where else to go or sent there by their doctor as no other option exists.
2. In 2014, 391 lower-limb amputations were performed in Alberta on patients with a diabetic foot ulcer.
3. It’s estimated that up to 85% of amputations are PREVENTABLE and that 50% or more of those who have an amputation will die within 5 years. This is UNACCEPTABLE.
These wounds are notoriously hard to heal and cost millions of health care dollars annually. It HAS to stop!
The public will now have a highly accessible, specialized clinic to treat non-emergent orthopedic and wound care patients in a timely way, eliminating hundreds of ER visits, saving hundreds of thousands of health care dollars and freeing up ER beds for patients who urgently need it.
How else will we give back to the community?
Since day one of business we have designated 10% of yearly profits to support worthy community charities. So, by helping US you are helping your favorite charities too!