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How SAWC Fall Can Benefit Your Wound Clinic

From Nov. 4–6, join the experienced leaders in wound care as they offer their insights at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Fall. This year, the conference is again being held online so wound clinicians can attend from anywhere. For the full agenda, go to

Here are just a few sessions of note:

How Do I Get Paid for That?

Friday, Nov. 6, 10:10–11:10 AM EST
Moderator/Speaker: Kathleen D. Schaum, MS—President, Kathleen D. Schaum & Assoc. Inc., Lake Worth, FL

This session is for all wound/ulcer management stakeholders who have asked the question, “How do I get paid for that?” and were surprised to learn that the answer entailed more than the pertinent code for the service, procedure, and/or product. Kathleen will teach attendees how payment changes depending on who performed the work, where the work was performed, if the work was performed at the same encounter with another procedure, if the work was covered for that particular patient, and much more. To make this process come alive, Kathleen will use a well-known procedure to show how payment to physicians and hospital owned outpatient wound/ulcer management provider-based departments is dependent on more than a code. Attendees can then use the same thought processes to determine how they will get paid for any service, procedure, and/or product.

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Hot Topics in DFU Care

Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:50–5:50 PM EST
Moderator/Speaker: Lawrence Lavery, DPM
Speaker: Paul J. Kim, DPM, MS, FACFAS—Professor, Dept. of Plastic Surgery, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern

Diabetic foot ulcers develop in about 15% of patients with diabetes, commonly on the bottom of the foot, and about 6% of those who develop diabetic foot ulcers will need hospitalization, with some progressing to amputation. This session will explore trending topics related to DFU care, from quick and accurate diagnosis to effective treatment and prevention of recurrence in high-risk patients. Drs. Lavery and Kim will be discussing noninvasive methods of tissue perfusion, examining its reliability and its role in wound care.

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Oxygen and Healing: New Options

Friday, Nov. 6, 2:30–3:30 PM EST
Moderator/Speaker: Windy E. Cole, DPM—Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Speaker: Matt Regulski, DPM

For the wound clinic, oxygen is a vital component of healing, but oxygen therapies are expanding beyond hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Remote ischemic conditioning and continuous topical oxygen therapy are two of the emerging technologies showing promise in treating chronic wound hypoxia. Will early adoption of these technologies allow wound clinicians to treat patients outside the confines of HBOT? Join us for this session to see the latest evidence and case studies.

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Hemorrhagic Blisters and Anticoagulants: What Clinicians Need to Know When Managing Individuals with Skin Frailty or Are At-Risk for Skin Tears

Friday, Nov. 6, 1:20–2:20 PM EST
Moderator/Speaker: Kimberly LeBlanc, PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)—Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada
Speaker: Lorne Wiesenfield, MD, CM, FRCP

Patients presenting to emergency departments with hemorrhagic blisters pose a unique challenge, especially those who are receiving anticoagulants. This session will discuss the clinical difficulties of treating individuals with hemorrhagic blisters and provide evidence-based options for management, including a look at novel anticoagulants and their impact on wound healing.

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Compression A–Z

Friday, Nov. 6, 11:20 AM–12:20 PM EST
Moderator/Speaker: Karen L. Bauer, DNP—University of Toledo
Speaker: Suzie Ehmann, DPT, CWS, CLT-LANA—Atrium Health Stanly

Appropriate compression selection and application is an essential component of both wound healing and edema management. Although most think of compression as simple elastic bandages, today’s wound care marketplace offers a plethora of unique compression textile options including both bandages and garments. With all the choices available, navigating the compression selection and application process can be a daunting task to even the most seasoned clinician. The key to success with compression is matching the compression product to the patient’s presentation. This requires not just knowledge of clinical guidelines but also working knowledge of compression terminology and textiles. Utilizing the S.T.R.I.D.E. approach to compression selection, the attendee will be given a playbook on how to critically examine a patient’s presentation and match it to an appropriate compression product. Utilizing case examples, the attendee will walk away with practical tips to compression selection, modification and application.

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Industry-Supported Symposia

Industry-Supported Symposia are accredited/offer CE.

Addressing the Downstream Effects of Biofilm

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1:20–2:20 PM EST
Speaker: Stephen C. Davis, BS—Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Speaker: Gregory Schultz, PhD—University of Florida

This session aims to advance the understanding of biofilms and their influence on inflammation, proteinase activity and wound chronicity. Attendees will critically examine the downstream effects of biofilm on m1 to m2 macrophage differentiation and review key elements to eradicate biofilm including debridement and preventing reformation with antimicrobial therapy. Examine the latest science examining methods to decrease bacterial bioburden, chronic inflammation and proteinase expression to help initiate and support wound healing.

Supported by an educational grant from Organogenesis Inc. For more info, click here.

The Value of Early Adoption of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation on Economics, Efficiency and Patient Outcomes

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1:20–2:20 PM EST
Speaker: Elizabeth Faust, MSN, CRNP, CWS, CWOCN-AP, DAPWCA—Tower Health
Speaker: Marc Matthews, MD, FASC, FASGS—Creighton University, University of Arizona, Midwestern University, AT Still University School of Medicine

Increased patient morbidity and mortality, length of hospital stay, and costs are associated with infection in both acute and chronic wounds. This session will examine the value of early application of negative pressure wound therapy with instillation and dwell time (NPWTi-d) on staff efficiency and clinical and economic outcomes. Presenters will translate recent data to case-based scenarios offering practical clinical pearls.

Supported by an educational grant from 3M Health Care, Medical Solutions Division. For more info, click here.

Benefits and Cost-Effectiveness of Early Use of Disposable, Mechanically Powered NPWT

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2:30–3:30 PM EST
Speaker: Christopher L. Barrett, DPM, CWS—The Centers for Wound Healing, RestorixHealth
Speaker: Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWS—Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine

This session will provide an overview of Disposable Mechanically Powered NPWT (DMPNPWT), where it fits into the treatment spectrum and will compare early vs. delayed initiation on wound healing outcomes and treatment costs. Explore cases demonstrating early use of DMPNPWT in a variety of wound types in the outpatient setting.

Supported by an educational grant from 3M Health Care, Medical Solutions Division. For more info, click here.

An Algorithmic Approach to Managing Complex Wounds with Major Soft Tissue Loss

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2:30–3:30 PM EST
Speaker: Nir J. Hus, MD, PhD, FACS—Delray Medical Center; St. Mary’s Medical Center

This session will review when to consider the use advanced therapies for traumatic wounds that are unable to obtain flap or graft coverage. Examine an algorithmic and holistic approach to managing complex wounds through the continuum of care including assessment, debridement, selecting appropriate wound device and maintaining a moist wound environment. Explore complex cases (necrotizing soft tissue infection, sacral pressure injuries and other traumatic wounds) in which ECM technology was used to achieve healing.

Supported by an educational grant from ACell Inc. For more info, click here.

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