Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

August 26, 2020 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Kelly McFee, DNP, FNP-C, CWS, CWCN-AP, FACCWS

Following admission to a facility, medical device–related pressure injuries (MDPRIs) occur more quickly than other types of pressure injuries. In fact, 51% of all MDRPIs occur on the head and face. This is especially significant to both patients and caregivers when considering provision of care to COVID-19 patients.

Efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions such as surgical site infections and ventilator-associated pneumonias have generally been effective, with overall rates decreasing by 13%. By contrast, the rate of pressure injuries has increased and is up now by 6%. Above all, pressure injuries are significant health issues and among the biggest challenges organizations face on a day-to-day basis not only for caregivers, but also for the health care industry as a whole because the epidemiology of pressure injuries varies by clinical setting, and pressure injury is a potentially preventable condition.

This session will discuss the implementation of a step by step system-wide pressure injury prevention program that includes comprehensive wound and pressure injury education, consistency in the application of evidence-based practice, uniform nursing documentation, appropriate patient interventions, and overall reduction of hospital-acquired pressure injuries.

The participants in this webinar will:

  • Recognize the essential steps to implement a prevention pressure injury program with the inclusion of resource tools, leadership involvement, electronic medical record integration to reflect accurate documentation, and ongoing education.
  • Discuss the positive outcomes of a two-fold MDRPI prevention protocol by providing guidance to caregivers with personal protective equipment and to COVID-19 patients undergoing positioning to support lung function.
  • Review the considerations for the utilization of prophylactic dressing application guidance for caregivers to use with N95 masks and other personal protective equipment that may cause skin breakdown.

On-Demand Webinars

  • Presenters: Catherine T. Milne, APRN, MSN, ANP/ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP and Samantha Savaglio

    We all have flora on our skin, but when the skin microbiome is out of balance because of excessive heat and moisture, serious skin problems can result.

  • Presenters: Leanne Atkin, PhD, MHSc, RGN and Christine Murphy, PhD, RN, WOCC(C)

    This activity provides 1 CME credit / 1 contact hour.
    Current evidence links the pathology of wound hard-to-heal wounds directly to commonplace wound biofilms. The normal healing process of wounds may become derailed due to unseen barriers such as pathogenic biofilm. Biofilms are tenacious and house a colony of multispecies microbes, however not detected by the naked eye. Patients are at higher risk of infection, impaired quality of life, and financial burden when delayed healing due to biofilm presence occurs.

  • Presenters: Margaret (Peggy) O’Harra, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC and Barrett Larson, MD

    Critically ill patients in intensive care units are the most disadvantaged when it comes to maintaining intact skin, starting from day one of their stay. These patients are highly vulnerable to pressure injuries because of limited mobility, the presence of multiple medical devices, and the severity of their disease, including patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

  • Presenter: Karen L. Bauer, DNP, APRN-FNP, CWS, FAPWCA

    Compression therapy is the gold standard of treatment for venous leg ulcers (VLUs). When choosing a compression regimen, clinicians should ensure they are choosing a product that provides continuous and consistent therapeutic compression and is comfortable enough for the patient to wear it throughout the entire treatment process.

  • Presenter: Karen L. Bauer, DNP, APRN-FNP, CWS, FAPWCA

    Wound care clinicians understand the importance of wound cleansing; wounds are warm and moist, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and biofilm.

  • Presenter: Dr. Alison Garten, DPM, CPED

    The COVID-19 outbreak and ensuing pandemic have changed the way wound care professionals treat and serve their patients.

  • Presenter: Michael N. Desvigne, MD, FACS, CWS, FACCWS

    Debridement is an essential part of wound therapy that allows the transition to subsequent therapies in order to promote healing. Whether the goal is granulation tissue formation, epithelialization for wound closure, or to establish enough healing progression to create an adequate wound to allow for surgical closure, debridement is the cornerstone to wound progress, and if not performed will be an impediment to wound progress.

  • Presenter: Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans, RN, FNP, APRN-BC

    Intertrigo, sometimes called intertriginous dermatitis, is a form of moisture-associated dermatitis that results from prolonged exposure to perspiration in skin folds and areas beneath medical devices. Clinicians caring for patients with intertrigo need something that will treat all causative factors and prevent the condition from worsening. InterDry's moisture wicking technology and antimicrobial silver is designed to keep skin dry and infection free, helping your patients to heal.

  • Presenters: Catherine T. Milne, APRN, MSN, ANP/ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP and Jennifer Hurlow, GNP-BC, CWCN

    The presence of high levels of bacteria hinders wound closure and contributes to delayed healing. Identification and management of bacterial load in acute and chronic wounds is challenging, yet is critical to optimize treatment outcomes. While clinicians assess clinical signs and symptoms of infection in the wound as a proxy for bacterial burden, the variability of these signs and symptoms hinders timely intervention to treat bacteria in wounds. Objective, real-time information on the presence of bacteria in wounds has been lacking until now.

  • Presenter: The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders

    The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders presents a roundtable discussion with front line experts as they discuss the challenges and opportunities clinicians now face during this COVID-19 crisis. This pandemic has driven significant change in the health care system disrupting- indeed transforming- wound care practice. We have brought together the multidisciplinary team of wound care- physicians, nurses, podiatrists and physical therapists to address these issues in their practices.

  • Presenter: Dr. Windy Cole

    Chronic DFUs are some of the most difficult wounds a clinician can face. It is therefore important to understand the care and interventions that patients with these wounds often need. Clinicians who encounter DFUs in their practice will find this presentation instructive because it demonstrates ways to encourage healing and prevent chronicity in DFUs.

  • Presenter: Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP

    Given the current global situation with COVID-19, many health care providers have had to make changes with how they deliver care in order to protect themselves and their patients from exposure to the virus. To help with this, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a health care facility. What does this mean for wound care providers?

  • Presenter: Mandy Spitzer, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN

    During this presentation you will briefly learn about the Smith+Nephew PICO™ single-use NPWT device for wound management.

  • Presenter: Alisha Oropallo, MD, FACS

    Avoiding chronicity is the goal of wound care professionals everywhere but doing so is rarely easy and not always possible. Understanding the underlying pathologies that led to wound development is a good starting point; however, resolving those issues can lead to the progression of wound healing.

  • Presenters: LuAnn Russo, RN, MBA; Brooke Howard, RN, BSN; and Mandy Spitzer, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN

    When managing wounds, whether chronic or acute, health care professionals need to select dressings and devices that will help promote good outcomes for the patient.

  • Presenter: Dr. Alison J. Garten

    Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) affect between 1% and 3% of the total US population and are especially prevalent in older adults. These wounds can be difficult to treat and often have high associated costs, as well as high recurrence rates.

  • Presenters: Maria Kotula MSN, BSN, BA, RN, CWON and Deborah Rauh BSN, RN, WCC, CLT-LANA

    Infection control and prevention have always been vital components of wound care, but with antimicrobial resistance on the rise, finding treatments that do not contribute to resistance has become more important than ever. In an effort to combat antimicrobial resistance, many health care professionals have been looking for alternative methods of treating infections.

  • Presenter: Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON, FACCWS

    Wound infections can result in delayed healing, as well as increased pain and distress to patients and their families. If left untreated, these infections may even lead to death. Organisms are becoming increasingly difficult to treat because of antibiotic resistance. Wound infections can also be costly to treat.

  • Presenter: David Parsons, PhD, FRSC, CChem

    Wound infection and biofilm continue to emerge as causes of wound chronicity. Innovative technologies that break down the complex microbial communities inherent in these wounds are important considerations in the treatment plan. Advanced antimicrobial wound dressings play key roles in managing wound exudate and optimizing the wound healing environment.

  • Presenter: Kara S. Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP

    Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) are a challenge for acute and post-acute care environments and are listed as a hospital-acquired condition by CMS. While other hospital-acquired conditions have seen a decrease in prevalence over the past decade, HAPUs are the only one that have not had a decrease in their prevalence.