Conferences

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By Laurie Swezey RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, FACCWS

Staying up-to-date with the latest in wound care can be challenging, given that there are new treatments being developed, research being reviewed, updates to guidelines and recommendations being published as well as new products coming out at a dizzying pace. How does today’s wound care professional stay abreast of the latest trends and news? In this segment, we'll look at some of the best resources available, whether you are new to wound care or a "lifer."

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By Diana L. Gallagher MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN

On these early days in September, school begins for countless young people across our country. Small children, excited yet timid, let go of their mom or dad’s hand and bravely enter their first experience with formal education. It is a major step that will be celebrated with kindergarten graduations complete with missing teeth and mortar boards made of coffee filters. These milestone celebrations will pave the way for grade school, middle school, and high school graduations. Many will go on to college and some will complete that initial degree and even additional degrees. But the journey is never over. Learning IS a lifelong adventure.

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By Diana L. Gallagher MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN

In my introductory blog, I indulged in a personal journey down memory lane. I looked back fondly at some of the incredible mentors that inspired me and shaped my career. In contemplating this month’s blog, I reviewed that initial post. It became very clear to me that the sage advice that I would offer to myself as a novice nurse is just as applicable today. I wager that these same pearls may apply to you as well.

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By Paula Erwin-Toth MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS

Last month I had the privilege of giving a presentation and attending the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) 45th Annual Conference held June 21-26 in Seattle, Washington.

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By Aletha Tippett MD

What a wonderful time we had in Indianapolis in mid-May at the 4th Annual Palliative Wound Care Conference. 150 people from as far away as Turkey were there for two and a half days to learn and share about palliative wound care. We had two full days, Thursday and Friday, with high quality excellent lectures.

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By Paula Erwin-Toth MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS

Spring is finally here! At least according to the calendar it is spring but the snow on the ground in many places disputes this fact. Not only does spring herald new life and warmer weather, but it also launches the ‘meeting season’ (no, not ‘mating season’-that is a topic for another site!). Actually major meetings have already begun. The NPUAP biennial meeting was held this past February. The next major meeting on the horizon is the SAWC in May in Denver followed by the WOCN in Seattle in June. In the fall we have both the Clinical Symposium for Wound Care in October and the September SAWC in Las Vegas. Along the way, there are also outstanding regional and local meetings designed to educate, enlighten and invigorate. Some of these meetings are specialty specific, while others are interdisciplinary. Both types of meetings have their benefits and limitations.

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

I had the honor of lecturing to an audience of mostly European physicians at the M.I.L.A.N. Diabetic Foot Conference this past February in Milan, Italy. My session this year focused on our current and ongoing research in point-of-care diagnostics. To date, we have enrolled more than a thousand patients in a dozen clinics across the United States. All of these trials led to the development of the first commercially available wound diagnostic, WOUNDCHEK (Systagenix, Gargarve, UK), approved in Europe last year (it has not yet received FDA clearance for use in the US). A revolutionary product, I imagined that it would have received rapid, wide-spread acceptance among my European colleagues. At the end of the presentation I asked for a show of hands: “How many of you are using the test in your clinics or hospitals.” In an audience of nearly one hundred, only three attendees raised their hands.

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By Paula Erwin-Toth MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS

The 4th Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) was held September 2-6, 2012 in Yokohama, Japan. It was an amazing experience. Multidisciplinary wound care professionals from around the globe shared their research and clinical findings.

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