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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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by Thomas E. Serena, MD, FACS, FACHM, FAPWCA

"This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl."
—Bob Newhart show

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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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Wound Care Teamwork

by Thomas E. Serena MD, FACS, FACHM, FAPWCA

In the words of Ben Franklin, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” The specialty of wound care and hyperbaric medicine faces a never-ending attack from payers and regulators. Our current state of partition leaves us voiceless and defenseless. We must band together and be counted.

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SAWC Spring Conference Site

By Thomas E. Serena MD, FACS, FACHM, FAPWCA

Wound care Facebook friends from across the globe posted reports of their experiences at the Spring Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) meeting in San Diego. Social media pronounced the meeting a huge success in hundreds of selfies, videos, and shots of the stage and the Gas Lamp district. In this month’s blog, I share my personal take on the nation’s largest wound care conference.

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medical community discussion

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.

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wound care conference speaker

By Ronald Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H

I am seeing more and more expert lecturers being disqualified from speaking at wound care conferences, simply because their qualifications include significant positions or associations in the corporate world. When did these speakers' qualifications become disqualifications? I believe it began when conference organizers and accreditation committees decided that it was no longer worth their time to ensure that lectures were unbiased. The practices that I am about to describe are not universal, but as accreditation committees increasingly adopt such practices, and as conference organizers increasingly accept such practices as the status quo, we may soon find ourselves with drastic changes in our educational programs. I believe it is worth considering the following thoughts and observations.

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