Instructors: Jenny Telfer-Crum (PT) & Cara McDougall (PT)
This course has a common one-day live-online lecture portion for all participants, followed by a practical, in-person lab.
Pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence are common concerns that Pelvic Health Physiotherapists and other health care providers see frequently with their clients who were assigned female at birth. As medical systems transition towards conservative management, pelvic floor muscle training and pessary use are being recommended as first-line care options for those with POP and SUI both in Canada and internationally.
This course combines the most recent, evidence-based recommendations with hands-on and practical information for where pessaries fit into client care and how to integrate them into your clinical practice. Jenny and Cara have performed hundreds of pessary fittings and give in-depth, behind-the-scenes perspectives and clinical pearls to help you offer pessary care for your clients.
Please note: For the lab you will be working in groups of 2-3 to do speculum exams, simplified POP-Q assessment and pessary fittings for ring and cube on each other.
**Participants for this course are from different professions, provinces, and countries. It will be each registrant’s responsibility to look into prevention and infection control for their practice. You are encouraged to verify the legislation in your province or country to ensure that fitting pessaries is within your scope of practice as well as the specific regulations about infection control (cleaning and sterilizing in clinic or outside).
This course is recommended for experienced clinicians who have the ability to perform internal exams – Pelvic Health Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Naturopathic Doctors
Prerequisite: Pelvic Health Solutions Level 1 (or equivalent) and experience/confidence in performing internal examinations.
* If you are a nurse or medical doctor who performs internal exams, you are welcome to register without the level 1 prerequisite – please mark profession on the registration form beside your name.