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Why Wound pH Matters: The Acid Mantle, Biofilm, and Complex Wounds


University of Texas Health Science Center, Medical Director, Trauma Wound Care | Professor, Department of Surgery

Dr. Luis Fernandez, MD, KHS, KCOEG, FACS, FASAS, FCCP, FCCM, FICS, is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center-Tyler (UTHCT), Texas. He serves as Trauma Surgeon, Medical Director, Trauma Wound Care, UT Health-Tyler, Texas. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons National Committee on Trauma. Dr. Scott Norwood and Dr. Fernandez co-founded both trauma programs in Tyler, Texas.

Dr. Fernandez served as Director of Trauma Surgery/Trauma Surgeon-in Chief, Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Tyler, Texas; Chairman of the Division of Trauma Surgery/Surgical Critical Care, Chairman Emeritus of the Division of Trauma  Acute Care Surgery, Associate Medical Trauma Director, Chief Flight Surgeon, Chief of Trauma/SICU at CHRISTUS MFH from 1993 to 2019. He is board certified in general surgery/surgical critical care, forensic traumatology, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Dr. Fernandez served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery and Family Practice at the UTHCT, Tyler from 1983 to 2019. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Nursing and Medicine at UT Arlington School of Nursing; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor  of Medical Education at the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, School of Health Professions at UNT; and has been an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons ,among many other organizations, is well published in peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences. 

Dr. Fernandez is a highly decorated Texas Medical Ranger, a retired Brigadier General in the Texas State Guard, and Commander of the TXSG Medical Brigade from 2009 to 2014. He serves as Vice Chairman, State Guard Association of the United States Medical Academy and is Commander Emeritus, Texas Commandery, Military Order of Foreign Wars.

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Moderation by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, Clinical Educator, WoundSource

Breaks in the skin can lead to a change in pH, which can affect skin healing. An unbalanced pH can delay wound healing and thus should be recognized and corrected early in wound management to encourage optimal outcomes. Practical knowledge of complex interactions in the wound microenvironment is important in selecting best treatment options.