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Dr. Laura Teague, PhD, RN(EC), MN, NP-ADULT

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Laura Teague is currently a Nurse Practitioner and is the Academic and Clinical Lead for wound care at Sinai Health System in Toronto.

Laura has worked in various clinical and leadership positions as a Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner - wound care at a teaching hospital in downtown Toronto. She led and grew an interdisciplinary team to address wound prevention and treatment at this hospital. In the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner, Laura led annual hospital point prevalence studies for pressure injuries for the last 15 years. Results from these studies leveraged changes in practice, education, products, supply chain and devices to mitigate avoidable and unavoidable injury.

Laura’s passion for quality improvement and development of standards of practice has been driven through her experience in the wound prevention and treatment field. She has been directly involved with development of best practice guidelines through the RNAO. Laura has provided continuous leadership through development of the Ontario Woundcare Interest Group as the founding president and membership on the executive team. Through this interest group, she led four health technology assessment applications and one Ontario Drug Benefit review application. Laura also successfully negotiated an educational clinical institute focused on best practices in wound prevention and treatment with the RNAO, which is in its 13th year. Health Quality Ontario invited Laura to be an expert panel co-chair for the development of quality standards for three types of wounds, which was published in 2017.

Laura completed the PhD program at McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing. Her thesis work involved a cohort study of spinal cord injured persons who have undergone surgical closure for pressure injuries. Most recently, Laura has joined the Canadian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (Research Chair) the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (Director- North America), and the Support Surfaces Initiative with the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel.

Presentations

Surgical closure of pressure injuries in persons with spinal cord injury: Risk factors for complications, cost and health care utilization