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Atlantic Beach, FL – November 15, 2019 – Kestrel Health Information, Inc., the publisher of WoundSource®, is excited to announce it will be hosting their first online virtual wound care conference, WoundCon, on April 2, 2020. The conference will be free for attendees, who will have the opportunity to earn CE/CME credits.

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Woodbury, CT, August 1, 2019 – The 8th meeting of the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair will once again host a renowned faculty of wound care experts to share innovative ideas in modern wound healing and tissue repair. The College’s mission is to improve public health by leading the growth of a new integrated field of medicine and surgery dedicated to the practice of wound management and prevention.

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by Jennifer Hurlow, GNP, CWOCN, and Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP

Chronic wounds are increasingly recognized as a global public health issue. Recent research revealed that nearly 15% of Medicare beneficiaries (>65 years of age) had at least one type of chronic wound in 2014. In the United States, there are an estimated 6.5 million chronic wounds, including leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, and diabetic foot ulcers, each of which carries a mean annual treatment cost of $11,000, $15,400, and $42,100, respectively, leading to an economic burden of $96.8 billion dollars for the treatment of chronic wounds. Prevalence of chronic wounds is estimated to be growing at a rate of 13% per year, further adding to this current problem. Wound chronicity has been directly related to the presence of wound biofilm. Costerton and colleagues were the first to link biofilm with general infection risk.

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January 15, 2019 – The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) will host the 2019 Pressure Ulcer Summit (PrU Summit) on February 8 and 9, 2019 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel. The Summit will be preceded by the workshop, “PrU Prevention Programs: Justify, Quantify, Strategize,” on February 7.

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by Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWS, CWCN-AP

The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) is dedicated to providing forums that challenge the status quo, promote new ideas for practice and research, and, most importantly, share information that immediately enhances the care we provide to the patients who so desperately need our expertise. For wound care to advance as a specialty, our educational programs must not focus on novices and consist of redundant sanitized content; it requires open debate and critical evidence-based analysis. To achieve this, the AAWC is hosting a series of regional, single-topic meetings that are designed to bring high-level content at an affordable cost closer to our members who may not have the ability to attend a national meeting.

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The 7th Meeting of the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWHTR) is taking place October 5-6, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. ACWHTR 2018 brings together general surgeons, vascular surgeons, podiatrists, nurses, physical therapists, researchers, wound care specialists, and other allied health care professionals for the advancement of wound care.

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Chicago, IL: The 7th Meeting of the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWH) will take place October 5-6, 2018 in Chicago, IL at the Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile.

William J. Ennis, DO, MBA, MMM, CPE; William W. Li, MD; and Thomas F. O’Donnell, Jr., MD, will return this year as course directors, and, alongside new and veteran faculty, lead a multidisciplinary agenda featuring the latest in research, technology, and health policy as it relates to wound care.

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By Jeffrey M. Levine MD, AGSF, CWS-P

As Co-Chair of the NPUAP Education Committee it is my pleasure to invite all clinicians to the NPUAP Biennial Conference in New Orleans from March 10 to 11, 2017. Featured topics will include best practices for staging and treatment, pressure injury recidivism, and pressure injury as a quality measure. In addition to these timely topics, NPUAP will host a full day featuring national experts who will discuss terminal ulceration, skin failure, and unavoidable pressure injury. Attendees are invited to submit cases that illustrate these lesions, and a select number of submissions will be presented for discussion with the group.

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Nutrition and medicine

By Mary Ellen Posthauer, RDN, CD, LD, FAND

The World Union Wound Healing Society (WUWHS) held their 2016 meeting in historic Florence, Italy in September. The initial meeting of the WUWHS was held in Australia in 2000 and is convened every four years. I have had the unique opportunity to present in Paris, Toronto, Yokohama and this year in Florence on the topic of nutrition and wound healing. 4,226 clinicians attended the conference including 525 from the US. The convention center was a modern venue surrounded by the ancient walls of the Roman fortress.

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new research in the field of lymphedema management

By Janet Wolfson, PT, CLWT, CWS, CLT-LANA

At the beginning of September, I attended the National Lymphedema Network International Conference in Dallas, TX. As with most conferences it was chock-full of new research, meet-ups with former colleagues, vendors with wonderful new and upgraded products, and clinical topics to improve direct care. Continue reading for some highlights that can improve care in your wound clinic for venous disease patients, as well as lymphedema and lipedema patients. Preoperative awareness of lymphedema was also highlighted at the conference.