WoundCon Fall 2021 – An Online Virtual Wound Care Conference & Expo WoundCon Fall 2021 – An Online Virtual Wound Care Conference & Expo
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Fistula Focus: Practical NPWT Application Tips for Managing Fistulas


Mary Anne R. Obst, BSN, RN, CCRN, CWON
Regions Hospital, Complex Abdomen Specialist

A native of Minnesota, Mary Anne graduated as a nurse in 1987. She has extensive experience in intensive care unit nursing and also spent many years as a flight nurse.

Mary Anne’s experience at Regions Hospital includes staff nurse on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Trauma Nurse Clinician, Neurosurgical Nurse Clinician, and FCCS (Fundamentals of Critical Care Support) coordinator. Mary Anne helped establish clinical research efforts for the Department of Surgery and has coordinated multiple research studies.

Mary Anne and her team have established the Complex Abdominal Reconstruction Service (CARS) at Regions Hospital. The CARS team has developed novel and structured approaches for managing complex abdominal wounds and enteric fistulas. The CARS team focuses on the best possible patient outcomes and a good quality of life on the “journey to surgical repair.” The CARS team currently services over 200 patients with all aspects of patient care: nutrition, conditioning, surgery, and wound care. 

Mary Anne speaks nationally and internationally about the challenges of fistula care and complex wounds. She is the creator of Fistula Solution products and holds three patents. She has published articles in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Wounds, Surgical Technology International, Clinical Nutrition, Current Dialogues in Wound Management, and The Clinics of North America: Emergency Nursing.

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Moderation by Alexis Padgett, Event Manager, WoundCon

A fistula is a connection between two organs that normally do not communicate with one another. Although negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is normally used for chronic and traumatic wound healing, efficacy of NPWT has been reported in certain types of fistulas. NPWT is therefore considered a viable alternative for fistula treatment.