7th Annual Comprehensive Wound Care Symposium: A Practical Approach to Implementing the Latest Strategies

September 10-12, 2020

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Intent and Objectives

The goal of this symposium is to provide a comprehensive overview on the treatment of wound care-related issues and innovations in the field.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of compression therapy
  • Identify the potential benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Increase understanding of integrative therapies that enhance healing
  • Examine the connection between bioburden and wound healing
  • Review new protocols for the treatment of osteomyelitis
  • Compare and contrast venous and arterial disease states
  • Increase awareness of ostomies and associated skin complications
  • Discuss the diabetic foot, IWGDF guidelines, and offloading options
  • Describe exercise guidelines that positively impact wound healing
  • Increase knowledge around lymphedema and associated complications
  • Examine the components of advanced wound dressings and biologics
  • Review pressure injury prevention and treatments
  • Understand current strategies for navigating the reimbursement landscape

Selected wound care abstracts will be accepted for poster presentation. For more information, please email Susan Rolniak St. John at rolnsx@upmc.edu.

Conference Highlights

  • Preconference workshops on compression, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), and debridement
  • Latest updates on biofilms and osteomyelitis
  • Focus on dermatological complications, vascular disease complexities, HBOT, and the diabetic foot
  • New clinical guidelines for pressure injuries
  • Overview of ostomies in skin complications
  • Legal and palliative considerations in wound care

Course Directors

J. Peter Rubin, MD, FACS
Director, UPMC Wound Healing Services
UPMC Endowed Professor and Chair of Plastic Surgery
Member, Steering Committee for the NIH/NIDDK Diabetic Foot Ulcer Research Consortium

Elizabeth Shumaker, MSN, RN
Sr. Director of Operations, UPMC Wound Healing Services

Planning Committee

Brian Connor, BA, MA
Edward I. Harrison, MBA
Lori O’Shea, BSN, RN, WOCN
Susan Rolniak St. John, MSN, CRNP
Patsy Simon, BS, RN, CCRC, CCRA, ACRP-PM
Cecelia Zamarripa, MSN, RN, CWON, PhDc 

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, podiatrists, advanced practice providers, and all clinicians involved in wound healing or wound care issues. Course material will benefit both novice and experienced clinicians.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity is approved for the following credit: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

UPMC Mercy is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine.

Physical therapy credits are submitted and pending approval.

Presented By

UPMC Wound Healing Services
UPMC Mercy and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences
UPMC Wound Research Alliance
The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine 

Hotel Information

Click here to book your stay at The Pittsburgh Marriott Center at a discounted rate, or call 412-471-4000

More Information

To learn more about this conference, please contact Brian Connor at connorbt2@upmc.edu. For more information on the UPMC Wound Research Alliance (WRA), please contact Patsy Simon at simopa@upmc.edu