WoundCon Spring 2022 – A Virtual Wound Care Conference & Expo WoundCon Spring 2022 – A Virtual Wound Care Conference & Expo

CME/CE Session

Friday, March 11, 2022

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Dressed to the Nines — Calcium Alginate Top Tips

Alginate wound dressings are non-woven, non-adhesive pads and ribbons composed of natural polysaccharide fibers or xerogel derived from seaweed. On contact with exudate, these dressings form a moist gel through a process of ion exchange. First in the Deep Dive into Dressings series, this session will provide a case-based examination of the wound types best suited for the use of calcium alginates and tips and tricks to optimize their effectiveness. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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On the Cutting Edge: Surgical Site Infection Prevention and Management

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are an ever-increasing phenomenon worldwide due to various factors. SSI morbidity and mortality are often significant, and their surgical or medical management is often complex. Improved guidelines and strategies for managing at-risk patients can support clinicians’ efforts to reduce the risk of SSI development. This session will also underscore the importance of wound management including frequent wound cleaning, appropriate dressings, dressing changes and patient education. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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Pediatric Burns and Wound Care

Burns are a major public health concern, with injuries ranging from mild to life-threatening. Although they share similarities with any wound a clinician might treat, they also present unique challenges. Through real-world burn cases, this session will examine key elements in caring for patients’ burns. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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Heel Ulcers, Diabetic Ulcers or Pressure Injuries: What’s in a Name?

The establishment of a correct diagnosis is relative to established guidelines and reinforces all subsequent therapeutic activity. Complications can arise when nomenclatures overlap, as is the case with diabetic foot ulceration, heel ulceration and pressure injuries on the foot occurring in people with diabetes. In such cases, clinicians must ensure that patients receive a care plan that aligns both the wound causation and the underlying pathology. Patient care can then be optimized to include appropriate assessments, management, and general foot and skin care.

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours 

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LymphEdema for the Wound Care Provider

Many patients with chronic wounds will experience delayed wound healing due to fluid retention within damaged body tissues (edema). In some instances, this pathological state is initiated by a dysfunction in the lymphatic system resulting in lymphedema. Due to the adverse effects of tissue edema on wound healing, wound care professionals should understand how to accurately diagnose lymphedema and provide care for affected patients. This session will center on patient-centric approaches to wound care in patients with lymphedema.

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours 

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Venous Leg Ulcers, Micronized Purified Flavonoid Fraction and the Data

Flavonoids are the most abundant bioactive compounds all around the world and are emerging as an important source of new wound healing therapies. Most wound healing medicinal plants possess multiple flavonoids that act synergistically or collectively. Flavonoids also have venotonic and lymphotonic properties and act on leukocytes and endothelium, resulting in decreased inflammation and permeability. This session will examine and evaluate published data related to the role of micronized purified flavonoid fractions (MPFF/diosmin/ hesperidin) as part of standard of care for management of venous leg ulcers. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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Are You in for a Shock? The Role of Electrical Stimulation in Wound Healing

Dubbed the endogenous “skin battery,” the wound healing process is influenced by our skin’s endogenous electric potential. In undamaged skin, a natural electrical potential of 10–60 mV between the epidermal and subepidermal layer exists. Conversely, transepithelial voltage fundamentally increases around a wound, producing a voltage difference between the wound site and the undamaged skin ranging from 100 to 150 mV/mm. These endogenous electrical fields play an essential role in wound healing, with resulting endogenous currents acting as a signal for cellular migration that in tandem help heal wounds. This phenomenon motivates the exploration into the use of electrical stimulation (ES). This session explores the effects of ES on the cellular mechanisms of wound healing and the usefulness of ES in treating acute and chronic wounds. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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Evidence-Based Prevention and Management of Diabetic Foot Problems

According to data from the World Health Organization, lower extremity complications of diabetes are a top 10 contributor to the disability burden worldwide. Evidence suggests that adhering to evidence-based guidelines can significantly reduce the incidence of diabetes-related lower extremity complications. This session will illustrate the importance of prompt and appropriate evidence-based management of diabetic foot ulcers, including local wound care, use of mechanical offloading, treatment of infection and indications for revascularization. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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The Role of Hyperbaric Oxygen in Plastic Surgery

Patients and clinicians are frequently confronted with wound complications after breast reconstruction, such as surgical site infections, seromas, wound dehiscence and wound necrosis. These complications possess a diverse etiology, and, therefore, management necessitates a multifactorial approach. This session will provide decision making guidelines for operative and non-operative interventions including the use of negative pressure wound therapy, acellular dermal dressings, advanced wound dressings and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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Preoperative Care of the Ostomy Patient — Preventing Stoma-Related Complications

An intestinal ostomy is an artificial bowel opening created on the skin, the complications of which can be associated with significant morbidity. Complications — including infection, parastomal abscess, hernia, dermatological conditions, stoma necrosis, stenosis, retraction and prolapse — negatively affect the quality of life of ostomates. Available data suggests that preoperative care and education by wound and ostomy therapists significantly reduce early stoma-related complications. In contrast, a lack of preoperative care was found to be a significant risk factor in problematic stomas. This session will provide approaches for preoperative care in patients undergoing ostomy surgery to reduce the burden of stoma-related complications. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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Surgical Offloading for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

When conservative offloading options have failed and patients are at risk of limb loss, surgical offloading may provide an option to decrease healing time, reduce recurrence rates, and remove or reduce deformities in the patient with diabetes. In a case-based format, this session will delve into decision-making on when surgical intervention for the diabetic foot should be considered and operative techniques for offloading ulcers. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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Under Pressure — Avoiding Complications with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) involves the application of local subatmospheric pressure to a wound. It is widely used in skin defects, active infection and surgical reconstruction. Because NPWT is a valuable and dynamic tool in the treatment of many types of wounds, clinicians should have a heightened awareness of potential pitfalls that may impair its use. This session will examine five pitfalls of NPWT use and how to avoid them. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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Adipose Tissue Transplantation and Its Role in Wound Healing

Adipose tissue, once considered a simple inert tissue functioning as insulation and energy storage, is now seen as one of the largest endocrine organs in the body, containing a variety of cell types, with potential applications for regenerative medicine. The adipose-derived stem cells found in fat grafts are hypothesized to aid in wound healing by means of differentiation into fibroblasts and keratinocytes and the release of pro-healing growth factors. This session will investigate the promising potential of autologous fat grafting in wound healing. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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Let Food Be Thy Medicine — Implications of Nutrition and DFU Management Consensus

Nutrition is a critical component of the wound healing process but is not often the first thing clinicians consider when treating patients with a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU). In this context, nutrition plays a key role in immune function, malnutrition, glycemic control, and weight loss and weight maintenance. This session will provide an overview of a consensus and guidance for nutrition interventions in adults with diabetic foot ulcers. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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The Wound Bed Preparation Paradigm

Wound bed preparation is a well-established concept, and the TIME framework has been developed as a practical tool to assist practitioners when assessing and managing patients with wounds. Wound Bed Preparation (WBP) is a paradigm to optimize chronic wound treatment. This holistic approach examines the treatment of the cause and patient-centered concerns to determine whether a wound is healable, a maintenance wound or nonhealing. This session will provide an overview of key changes in the 2021 update of the WBP paradigm designed to facilitate knowledge translation in the clinical setting and improve patient outcomes. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

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A “Wound” to the Wise — Practical Tips and Tricks of Wound Care

The “Wound” to the Wise segment will feature dynamic and short pearls of wisdom from each of the course faculty in the form of practical, digestible takeaways to help you optimize patient care. We invite you to actively be part of the WoundCon agenda as we roll out this new and exciting segment for all future WoundCon events. Details to come on how to join the fun and have your “Wound” to the Wise featured during an upcoming WoundCon event. 

0.5 CME Credits | 0.5 Contact Hours