Welcome to the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Fall 2012

For two decades, the SAWC has provided a venue at which the interdisciplinary wound care community can gather, greet, learn and play, and has, in the process, become the biggest and best wound care conference in the country, celebrating its 25th year. Our motto — One Vision, Many Faces, One Family continues to guide us. We are pleased that the successes of three annual SAWC Fall meetings have continued this great tradition, as we embark on our fourth annual SAWC Fall. Connected by our involvement with our patients, our healthcare settings, the government agencies that regulate our care, and various overarching organizations, we work toward a common goal: to decrease the number and severity of chronic wounds.

SAWC Fall 2012 will offer up to 40 new clinical sessions and host a major exhibition of products and services for wound care professionals. The SAWC is committed to providing the highest level of clinical education and information to physicians, podiatrists, nurses, physical therapists and allied health professionals dedicated to the advancement of wound care and healing. We’ve been doing so for 25 years.

We sincerely hope you will join us in Baltimore, MD, September 12–14, for what surely will be a rewarding experience.

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  • Session 11: ADVANCED TREATMENT OF DIFFICULT WOUNDS

    SVM: Why Did My PAD Patient Die? — Risk-Factor and Outcomes ModificationDespite the fact that peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients have increased mortality rates — comparable to those with pre-existing or established cardiovasculal disease — PAD is still relatively under-detected and under-treated. This session will discuss the importance of earlier diagnosis and risk-factor modification for improving patient outcomes.

  • Session 25: TRANSLATING SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

    Stress and Healing: What We Know, What We Can DoThe purpose of this review is to identify existing knowledge about the relationship between psychological stress and wound healing to provide the best evidence currently available to guide practice.

  • Session 28: WOUND CARE CLINIC

    AAWC Research Poster Grand RoundsAn AAWC Research Committee member will lead a guided tour to 2 to 3 specially selected posters that have been critiqued by the AAWC Research Committee. This session is designed to help attendees present their research by providing examples of how to develop an effective poster. Please note that this is a walking session, should you need assistance of some kind.

  • Session 9: WOUND CARE CLINIC

    Debridement — Science and RealityThis session will outline various debridement modalities and the guidelines and evidence supporting their selection.

  • Session 27: WOUND CARE CLINIC

    When to AdmitThis session will discuss when nonhealing wounds are no longer appropriate for wound care centers and when to escalate to inpatient settings. What other consultants bring to the table will be examined.

  • Session 22: TRANSLATING SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

    Wound Diagnostics 2013 — Is the Future Here?This session will review the current status of diagnostics in the field of wound care. Session presenters will illuminate their research on the development of inflammatory and bacteria diagnostics.

  • Session 18: WOUND CARE CLINIC

    To Stretch or Not to Stretch: The Science of Compression Therapyfor Venous and Lymphatic DiseasesThe key to successful venous ulcer management lies in the use of compression therapy; however, various factors can impede a clinician’s ability to achieve effective compression. This session will explain the science behind compression therapy and compression bandages for venous leg ulcers and lymphedema.

  • Session 21: WOUND CARE CLINIC

    Wound Care Clinic and Office PoliticsRunning a smooth office or clinic is difficult. This session will examine commonly encountered problems in day-to-day operations of running a wound clinic. A discussion of potential solutions will help attendees leave with a toolkit of options to help them when dealing with the wound care clinic and office politics.

  • Session 3: WOUND CARE CLINIC

    Do Wound Clinics Benefit Patients?Wound clinics have become commonplace in hospitals throughout the country. But do they help patients? This session will examine wound clinics and information supporting the patient benefit these clinics provide.

  • Session 6: WOUND CARE CLINIC

    Applying the Science Behind Offloading the FootThe session will address the relative effectiveness of various offloading techniques, and how they reduce pressure, affect activity and impact healing.

  • Session 10: TRANSLATING SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

    Emerging Treatments for Diabetic Foot UlcersMuch research is being carried out currently for novel treatment approaches to manage diabetic foot wounds. This session will present the latest in research developments related to diabetic foot ulcers and how this information will be translated to clinical practice.

  • Session 23: ADVANCED TREATMENT OF DIFFICULT WOUNDS

    SVM: How Can I Perfuse this Limb? — What’s New in Limb SalvageThe ischemic limb presents an important medical problem. Current options include revascularization or medical management. This session will review the current state of limbsalvage and what research holds for the future care of patients with peripheral vasculardisease.

  • Session 14: ADVANCED TREATMENT OF DIFFICULT WOUNDS

    Wound Scene Investigation 1Clinicians are frequently challenged with wounds that either fail to heal or that eventually do heal, but for which the ultimate mechanism of healing was unclear. These popular sessions, returning for a fourth year, will provide a panel of clinicians and scientists who will examine examples of real cases, investigate clues as to possible barriers to healing, and provide potential interventions to overcome those barriers.

  • Session 17: ADVANCED TREATMENT OF DIFFICULT WOUNDS

    Wound Scene Investigation 2Clinicians are frequently challenged with wounds that either fail to heal or that eventually do heal, but for which the ultimate mechanism of healing was unclear. These popular sessions, returning for the fourth year, will provide a panel of clinicians and scientists who will examine examples of real cases, investigate clues as to possible barriers to healing, and provide potential interventions to overcome them.

  • Session 23: ADVANCED TREATMENT OF DIFFICULT WOUNDS

    SVM: How Can I Perfuse this Limb? — What’s New in Limb SalvageThe ischemic limb presents an important medical problem. Current options include revascularization or medical management. This session will review the current state of limbsalvage and what research holds for the future care of patients with peripheral vasculardisease.

  • Session 12: WOUND CARE CLINIC

    HBO: Removing the MythologyHyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy can be an important tool for managing wounds. A review of new data and critical analysis of the HBO database will help the attendee practically apply thisinformation to patient care.

  • Session 15: WOUND CARE CLINIC

    Wound Healers: From Hobby to ProfessionFor many involved in wound care, wound healing is a minority part of the professional life. This session will discuss how clinicians can expand their clinical activities in wound care to make it a more significant part of their professional lives. This session will also discuss how the field can elevate itself into a medical specialty.

  • Session 26: ADVANCED TREATMENT OF DIFFICULT WOUNDS

    Science-Based Wound DressingsDressing materials are ever-evolving in the field of wound care. This session will provide an overview of novel dressings and wound dressings in development.

  • Session 16: TRANSLATING SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

    SVM: The Science of AngiogenesisTherapeutic angiogenesis is a modality for limb preservation that stimulates microcirculatory development from skin to soft tissue to bone. This session will discuss the biological basis for therapeutic angiogenesis, clinical applications in use and new approaches under investigation.

  • Session 1: TRANSLATING SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

    What’s Hot in the Understanding of Normal and Impaired HealingNonhealing, or chronic, wounds are complex wounds that do not progress through the usual phases of healing. This session will provide the latest on factors that interfere with the normal wound-healing process.

  • Session 20: ADVANCED TREATMENT OF DIFFICULT WOUNDS

    Plastic Surgery Approaches to Wound ClosureSimple (delayed primary closure, skin graft or local flaps) and more complex (pedicle or microsurgical flaps) surgical techniques can be used to close wounds. The choice depends on functional outcome, patient condition and surgical skills. This session will provide wound care personnel enough information to participate in the decision-making process.

  • Session 4: TRANSLATING SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

    Stem Cells in Wound Healing — From Promise to RealityAmong the first areas for clinical application of stem cells has been nonhealing wounds. This will review current and potential technologies, including embryonic, induced pluripotent, bone marrow and tissue-derived stem cells.

  • Session 2: ADVANCED TREATMENT OF DIFFICULT WOUNDS

    Drugs That Inhibit HealingThe wound microenvironment is sensitive to local and systemic factors. At the same time, certain drugs in common clinical use may impair healing through a variety of cellular mechanisms.This session will review pharmacology that may impair wound healing.

  • Session 13: TRANSLATING SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

    What’s Down the Pike for Venous Leg UlcersThis session will outline the development of promising new therapies for treating venous leg ulcers.

  • Session 5: ADVANCED TREATMENT OF DIFFICULT WOUNDS

    Osteomyelitis — Do Data Drive Practice?Diagnosis and treatment of osteomyelitis pose unique challenges to clinicians. This session will examine diagnostic modalities and patient-centered approaches to treatment and management.

     

  • Session 8: ADVANCED TREATMENT OF DIFFICULT WOUNDS

    Inflammatory Ulcers and Unusual Wounds: How Do I Diagnose andManage Them?This case-based presentation will present an update on and review of unusual wounds. State-of-the-art information related to the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of wounds secondary to infectious, inflammatory and other etiologies will be presented.

  • Session 7: TRANSLATING SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

    Skin Care: Can You Prevent Pressure Ulcers?There is considerable debate regarding whether pressure ulcers truly can be prevented. This session will investigate the spectrum of opinion regarding pressure ulcer formation and whether it is truly preventable.

  • Session 24: WOUND CARE CLINIC

    Post-Amputation RehabilitationThe majority of people with limb loss in the United States have suffered an amputation related to vascular disease, with or without diabetes and trauma. This session will provide the hallmarks ofbuilding an individualized, comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the amputee.

  • Session 19: TRANSLATING SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

    Biomarkers: Can We Predict Healing?Potential targets for the development of biological assays to individualize management of wounds, based on patient physiology, are being developed. This session will explore if these biomarkers can predict healing and, therefore, result in earlier wound closure.