General Session Agenda

Thursday July 13, 2023

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Innovation Theater - A Guide to Managing Venous Leg Ulcers: The Symptoms, Causes & Healing (Non-Accredited)
Presented by: Robert Snyder DPM, MSc, CWSP, FFPM RCPS; Terry Treadwell, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the signs and how to differentiate them from other types of leg wounds
  • Describe the principles of proper wound care for venous leg ulcers including debridement, dressing selection and compression therapy
  • Explore cases focused on compression therapy and super-absorbent dressings

Sponsored by 3M Health Care


Friday, July 14, 2023 

7:00 AM - 7:50 AM

Innovation Theater (Non-Accredited)
Sponsored by Convatec

8:15 AM - 8:20 AM

Opening Remarks
Presented by: Catherine T. Milne, MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP; Jayesh B. Shah, MD, MHA

8:20 AM – 9:20 AM

Down the Drain?  Tube and Drain Management (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Susan Hamilton, MS, RN, CCRN, CWOCN

It is not uncommon for people with wounds to have an assortment of concomitant conditions that include the use of tubes and drains. Their appropriate care and management is recommended to avoid complications. This session will examine a holistic approach to managing the different types of tubes/drains encountered in  wound care clinical practice and strategies to protect the periwound skin. 

Wound Culturing 101 - How to Correctly Obtain a Wound Culture (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Susie Seaman NP, MSN, CWOCN; Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWS

Crucial questions when determining if a culture is warranted include: Are there signs and symptoms of infection? Is there an odor after the wound has been cleansed? Has wound healing stalled? What if there is a biofilm present?  Answers to these questions help wound care clinicians decide when and how to take a culture. This session focuses on  the foundations of wound culture collection.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: A Deep Dive into Bioactive Glass Dressings (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Martin Johnson, MD

Compared to the classic dressings’ materials like foams, films, hydrogels and sponges, fibrous wound dressings represent an emerging class with distinct advantages. Among the fibrous materials for wound healing applications, bioactive glass (BG), has proven to be a promising contender with distinct advantages for wound healing, angiogenesis and antibacterial activity.  This session will explore the emerging role and significance of BG fibrous materials for wound healing.

HMP Education, LLC has designated an unrestricted educational grant from ETS Wound Care for support of this session.

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

Innovation Theatre (Non-Accredited)

9:35 AM - 10:35 AM

Tips to Manage Medical Device Pressure Injury (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Lee Ruotsi, MD ABWMS, CWS-P, UHM

Medical devices are commonly used, however, the simple, but necessary, presence of these devices can create risk for the patient. Medical device-related pressure injuries (MDRPIs) are injuries associated with using devices applied for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and account for more than 30% of all hospital-acquired pressure injuries.  Wound care professionals are at the frontline of ensuring proper risk management in preventing MDRPIs.  The session will explore a well-rounded and coordinated team approach to MDRPI prevention. 

Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFUs) with Hyperbatic Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)  (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Enoch Huang, MD, FACEP, MPH-TM

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can be used to reduce the severity of wounds and infections and favorable results are seen with patient treatment adherence.  This session will explain how healthcare providers can utilize this therapy to help the patient with a diabetic foot ulcer. 

Making a Rash Decision (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Noreen Heer Nicol, PhD, RN, FNP, NEA-BC

There are many presentations and etiologies of a rash.  Knowing when and how to appropriately treat a rash strongly depends on an accurate patient assessment.  This session provides healthcare providers with a systematic approach to properly identify these skin alterations and establish treatment options.

10:35 AM - 11:15 AM

Product Education Center 

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM 

In-Booth Education Session (Non-Accredited)
Sponsored by Convatec

12:00 PM - 12:35 PM

Product Education Center

12:35 PM - 1:35 PM

Dressing for Success: An Interactive, Interdisciplinary Case-Based Session (1.0 CEU)
Panel:  Rose Hamm, PT, DPT, FACCWS, Catherine T. Milne, MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP, Jayesh Shah, MD, MHA

Past WoundCon events have spotlighted various dressing categories – foams, hydrogels, superabsorbent and beyond.  An interdisciplinary panel of educators will lead a segment on what types of dressings to use when, with you as the drivers of care!  Examine real-world case scenarios and determine which types of wound dressing best promote healing. See how your responses align with your peers and course faculty in this interactive segment!

WoundCon Rounds: Cases from Across the Globe (1.0 CEU)
Moderators: Catherine T. Milne, MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP; Jayesh B. Shah, MD, MHA

WoundCon Rounds offers a global perspective to tackling challenging wound care cases. We invite you to actively be part of the WoundCon agenda as we roll out this new and exciting segment for all future WoundCon conferences. Submit your own challenging case for a chance to join the WoundCon Rounds panel here.

In Focus: Maggot Therapy for Chronic Wounds  (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Ron Sherman, MD, MSc

Maggot debridement therapy (MDT) is considered an effective technique for wound healing with advantages that include faster wound debridement, infection and ulcer healing and pain management.  This presentation discusses the benefits of this treatment that include the potential of preventing amputations and other side effects as well as reducing the use of systemic antibiotics.

1:35 PM - 3:05 PM

Product Education Center

3:05 PM - 4:05 PM

The Great Masquerade: Identifying and Treating the Factitious Ulcer (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Suzanne Decker, PhD; Daniel Federman, MD, FACP

Self-inflicted lesions with multiple-cause factors characterize factititous ulcers making them challenging to diagnose and treat.  These wounds can often be found in the head, neck and hands with various presentations denoting the symptoms of underlying medical and psychological illnesses.  Join this session to learn how to enhance your diagnostic skills and choose applicable multi-faceted treatments of this condition.

The Benefit of Prehabilitation (PreHab/ERAS) for Ostomy Surgery (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Erin Testerman, RN, BSN, CWOCN

Patients undergoing ostomy surgery benefit from Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and prehabilitation (PreHab) practices.  The continuum of care from diagnosis to treatment includes the assessment and care in the nutritional, physical and psychological areas of the patient undergoing ostomy surgery.  This session discusses how to implement prehabilitation/ERAs protocols and practices to enhance surgical outcomes. 

Is an Alphabet Soup Good for the Soul? The Role of Micronutrients in Wound Healing (1.0 CEU) (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: 
Tami Pruitt, MS, RD, NWCC

Vitamin A to Mineral Zinc. What are their roles in wound healing? Several vitamins, minerals and amino acids offer complementary nutritional support in wound care and should not be glossed over. This session focuses on the importance of evaluating and addressing the individual’s nutritional needs that support wound care healing during and post recovery. Nutrition is not a set it and forget treatment.

4:05 PM - 6:05 PM

Product Education Center 

6:05 PM - 7:05 PM

Practical Insights on Treating Genital Lymphedema and Its Complications (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Shelley Smith DiCecco, PT, PhD, CLT-LANA, CI-CS 

Genital lymphedema is too often underrepresented in health care. However, the stigma in discussing and addressing the genital region by patients and clinicians has made progress in the last several decades.  This session will explore the keys to success with genital lymphedema including early and continued conservative therapy, skin care, the use of prophylactic antibiotics, and strategies to foster open discussion between the healthcare providers and patients. 

Bedside Sharp Debridement - Quality Over Quantity (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Paul Kim, DPM, MS, FACFAS

Sharp debridement is one of the most aggressive types of debridements often performed at the bedside with sterile instruments.  The technique offers rapid results with a skilled practitioner. Learn  the "why" behind sharp debridement while keeping safety and the ability to react appropriately to complications in the forefront.  Review whether quality of debridement matters more than quantity of debridement.

Doc Hollywood - Cosmetic Surgery Gone Awry (1.0 CEU)
Presented by: Michael Desvigne, MD, FACS, CWS, FACCWS

While poor aesthetic outcomes are certainly a concern of cosmetic surgery, there are larger issues at stake when cosmetic surgery goes wrong. Complications from cosmetic surgery can range from infection, necrosis, wound separation, fluid collections and blood clots to permanent pain, disfigurement, asymmetry, paralysis, or even death.  As the trend for cosmetic procedures continues to grow, so does the need for an efficient management of resulting complications. Using a case-based format, this session explores unintended events of cosmetic surgery and their treatment.

7:05 PM - 7:10 PM


7:10 PM - 7:55 PM A "Wound" to the Wise: Practical Tips and Tricks of Wound Care (.75 CEU)
Moderators: Catherine T. Milne, MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP; Jayesh B. Shah, MD, MHA

The Wound to the Wise segment features dynamic and short pearls from each of the faculty that offers practical, digestible, take aways to help you optimize patient care. We invite you to actively be part of the WoundCon agenda, in this exciting segment.  Join the fun and have your Wound to the Wise featured during an upcoming WoundCon event. See details here.

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Industry-Supported Symposia are separately accredited events and not included in the General Session Agenda.