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1:00pm - 5:00pm 

Integrating Technology Into Wound Care:  A Toolkit for the Clinician
The preconference workshop is designed to introduce the clinician to new advances in wound care diagnosis and therapies. New devices and therapies are better understood with the ability to apply a real time model in a hands-on manner. Join us as we explore the application possibilities of the newest and hottest technologies on today’s market. 

  • Compare and contrast the techniques of assessment of wounds and monitoring of healing.
  • Describe the return on investment for adoption of wound assessment and monitoring technology.
  • Identify potential barriers to overcome for integration of new technology into practice.
1:00pm 1:15pm

Welcome and Introductions

1:15pm - 2:00pm

Diagnostic and Wound Assessment Parameters and Tools: An Overview
with Laura Swoboda, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CWOCN-AP

  • General assessments
  • Significance of objective metrics for diagnosis and to monitor healing
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Integrating Technology Into Practice: Persuading to Overcome Barriers
Panel with moderator Naz Wahab, MD, FAPWCA

  • Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP, FAAWC
  • Jeffrey Niezgoda, MD
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Application of Skills
Attendees will rotate through up to ten technology stations, for hands-on experience with new tools, including the following technologies: 

  • Aroabio - ECM; Bioscaffold technology
  • Advanced O2 Therapy - Two2; Multimodal (O2, compression, humidification) topical oxygen therapy
  • iWound - Digitalizing wound care  with face scan vitals,  3D AI & deep learning technology
  • Kent Imaging - Snapshot NIR; Tissue oxygenation imaging
  • MolecuLight - Point-of-care detection of elevated bacterial loads (>104 CFU/g) and digital wound measurement & tracking 
  • Net Health Tissue Analytics - Specialized EHR software and analytics
  • Reapplix - 3CPatch; Autologous combined leukocyte, platelet and fibrin
  • StiehlTech, LLC - Perilav; Portable pulsatile irrigation



Conference Program

7:00am - 8:00am  Registration and Coffee
8:00am - 8:15am  Welcoming Remarks
with Barbara Bates-Jensen, PhD, RN, FAAWC, FAAN

8:15am - 9:15am 

Opening Keynote:
Seeing the Real Wound Status with Technology
with Prof. Dr. Sebastian Probst
President, European Wound Management Association (EWMA)


  1. Describe the evolution of technology being used in wound care.
  2. Identify opportunities to improve personal clinical practice by implementing new technology in wound care.
  3. Compare and contrast barriers to implementation of wound care technology worldwide.
  4. Hear what EWMA is doing.
9:15am - 9:30am Summit Format Introduction & Survey
with Alisha Oropallo, MD FACS, FSVS, FAPWCA, FABWMS, and Ruth Bryant, PhD, MS, RN, CWOCN, FAAWC
9:30am - 10:00am  PAD National Action Plan: Summit Consensus Recommendations
with Karen Bauer, DNP, A.P.R.N.-F.N.P., CWS, DAPWCA 
Among the public as well as health care professionals, there is a poor understanding of PAD prevention and early detection leading to under-treatment despite the recognition that it leads to nontraumatic lower extremity amputations, death, MI and stroke. The PAD National Action Plan was generated to transform awareness, knowledge, assessment and management of patients with and at risk for PAD. The 6 goals of the PAD National Action Plan and research into prevention and treatment of PAD will be presented. 
10:00am - 10:30am Break and Exhibits
10:30am - 11:15am

Technology Update: Micro and Macro Assessment of Perfusion
Alisha Oropallo, MD FACS, FSVS, FAPWCA, FABWMS, and Charles Andersen, MD, FACS, FAPWCA
This session will examine innovations in the assessment and management of macro and microperfusion abnormalities that accompany venous and arterial disease. Discover what's new and when to use these in clinical practice. 

11:15am - 12:15pm

Topical Oxygen: Where Does It fit in Your Practice?
Gregory Bohn, MD, UHM/ABPM, MAPWCA, FACHM, FAAWC, and Naz Wahab, MD, FAPWCA
The role that oxygen plays in wound healing becomes more apparent as research into its mechanism of action identifies critical pathways of action. The development of portable units that deliver oxygen topically to a wound have been demonstrated to be effective. Understanding the differences between the available technologies is important to a wound care clinician and may help in choosing the best modality to achieve specific clinical outcomes.

12:15pm - 1:30pm  Lunch and Exhibits
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Satellite Symposium 1: Technology of the Foot Defender
with Jason Hanft, DPM, and Michael DiTullo
The process behind the Foot Defender an innovative new product that helps to heal diabetic foot wounds. They will dig into some of the macro trends in consumerization in tech and medical devices that led to the key nights behind the Foot Defender.

  1. Describe the concept of offloading of the foot.  
  2. Identify the role  of consumerization to engage patients in adhering to plan of care. 
  3. Compare and contrast offloading devices commercially available.
1:30pm - 2:05pm

Advances in Addressing the Wound and Skin Microbiome 
with Tomas Serena, MD, FACS, FAAWC
This session examines technology available for bedside evaluation of wound bioburden. Clinical perspectives of perceived  advantages and disadvantages of bioburden evaluation are discussed in the context of acute and chronic wounds in a variety of clinical situations and settings.

2:05pm - 3:00pm

Pathology or Culture: What Is Best for Your Patient
with William Tettelbach, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FUHM, CWS, MAPWCA

While it is well known that bacteria and biofilm in the wound will impair and even prevent wound healing, and in fact cause infection, the question becomes how to best quantify the bacterial load or identify the culprits of the offending bacteria. In this session we will discuss the microbiology of common wounds and the merits and indications for 2 laboratory techniques.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Break and Exhibits, Posters with Authors Present

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Disparities in Wound Care: Social Determinants of Health, Epigenetics, and the Biochemical Response to Stress
with Laura Swoboda, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CWOCN-AP and Lynette Gunn, APRN, GCNS-BC, CWCN, CFCN

This dynamic session prepares learners to join the AAWC in addressing disparities in wound care beginning with a discussion on the scientific basis of how social determinants of health and stress impact chronic diseases, wound prevalence, and wound healing. Learners will review chronic disease risk factors and their connection to social determinants of health through processes including the biochemical response to stress and epigenetic changes. These processes can alter the trajectory for patients both by contributing to the development of conditions associated with wounds as well as limiting successful outcomes in hard-to-heal wounds.

4:15pm - 5:15pm

Transitioning Technology Into Your Practice - Navigating the Process
with Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP, FAAWC 
We will discuss the challenges and opportunities of incorporating technologies into an organization. From "low tech" to "high-tech" in all clinical settings, these experts examine how to blend organizational needs to meet evidence-based practice with the practical aspects of implementation including "C-Suite" and Value Analysis Committee acceptance.

5:15pm - 5:30pm

Awards Presentation
AAWC Awards - Celebrate your AAWC peers! 

5:30pm - 6:30pm  Welcome Reception (Exhibit Hall)
Join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks to reconnect with old friends and get to know fellow attendees.
7:00pm - 9:00pm Faculty Networking Event 
(Invite only)


7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast 
7:00am - 8:00am Satellite Symposium 2: The Economics of Skin Substitutes Using Big Data
Sponsored by MiMedx
with William Tettelbach, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FUHM, CWS, MAPWCA
8:00am - 9:00am 

Keynote: Using Artificial Technology and Big Data to Personalize Efficient and Effective Wound Care
with William V. Padula, PhD

1. Describe the concepts of artificial technology and personalized wound care. 
2. Describe how personal trackers can contribute to "Big Data".
3. Summarize current research in the use of big data in wound care prognosis and predicting outcomes.

9:00am - 9:45am Technology of Early Detection
with Ruth Bryant, PhD, MS, RN, CWOCN, FAAWC, and Barbara M. Bates-Jensen PhD, RN, FAAWC, FAAN
Early detection of pressure injuries has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of pressure Injuries. Adoption into practice however is slow.  In this lecture the current evidence for the early detection of pressure injury development and deterioration are presented. 
9:45am - 10:15am Development and Psychometric Evaluation of an i-Pad Based Decision Support Tool to Prevent Community Acquired Pressure Injury for the SCI Clinic 
with Barbara M. Bates-Jensen PhD, RN, FAAWC, FAAN
Pressure injuries (PrI) are the second leading cause of hospitalization in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). The majority of PrIs are community-acquired, but little guidance in community-acquired PrI (CAPrI) prevention exists. Current PrI prevention clinical guidelines are institutionally based, and do not directly address community risk factors. There are no instruments to guide CAPrI prevention for persons with SCI. This session describes the development and validation of an i-pad based decision support tool to prevent CAPrIs in individuals with SCI for use in SCI clinics.  
10:15am - 10:30am  Break and Exhibits
10:30am - 11:00am

Vitamin D as a Risk Factor for Ulcer Formation
with William Tettelbach, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FUHM, CWS, MAPWCA

Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common, affecting approximately 42% of the US population. This presentation will highlight the impact Vitamin D deficiency has on patients with and at risk for developing a chronic wound. Additionally, this session will describe the dosing, drug-drug interactions as well as other micronutrients to consider based on a patient's comorbid factors. 

11:00am - 11:30am

Washington and its Impact on Wound Care: Coding, Coverage & Payment Policies Through a Wound Care Lens
with Marcia Nusgart, R.Ph.

CMS’s ever evolving coding, coverage and payment policies impact all specialties in wound care - physicians and non-physicians – and the impact is felt differently in different sites of care. How do national policies like the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Physician Fee Schedule, and regional policies like Local Coverage Determinations, impact wound care business? Learn about recently implemented policy changes relevant to wound care to be in the know about, upcoming policy changes being considered, their impact to wound care, and advocacy initiatives to protect and defend wound care.

11:30am - 12:00pm Wound Healing with Your Tablet: Breaking Barriers Across the Care Continuum
with Jonathan Johnson, MD, MBA, CWSP, and Maria Goddard, MD, CWS, FAPWCA, PCWC
As technology and advances in wound care have developed, so too have the options available to maximize wound care in different care settings. The COVID-19 pandemic led to a pivot in healthcare which expanded awareness and a wider availability of advanced treatment options. Mobile and telemedicine practices can deliver care and education to patients where they reside, which reduces their travel time and provides access to expert consultation to those who reside in more rural areas.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch and Exhibits
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Satellite Symposium 3: All Evidence is Not Created Equal:  What Makes for Good Clinical Data in Wound Care
Sponsored by Reapplix
with Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP, FAAWC 

1:00pm - 1:30pm  Wound Bed Preparation to Optimize Topical Therapy
This session provides the essentials of evidence based wound be preparation as well as wound bed features that provide clues to topical therapy selection. Learners will have an opportunity to review host factors and wound etiologies that factor into topical and advanced therapy selection, and how to ensure best outcomes for advanced therapies by pairing wound bed preparation and biofilm based wound management with appropriate topical therapy for the patient and their wounds. 
1:30pm - 2:00pm

Selecting Advanced Wound Bed Technologies (CTP)
with Naz Wahab, MD, FAPWCA
Learners will have an opportunity to review host factors and wound etiologies that factor into selecting topical wound care and advanced therapies. Learners will come away with a better understanding of how to ensure best outcomes for advanced therapies by pairing wound bed preparation prepping for CTPs and wound hygiene.

2:00pm - 3:00pm 

Support Surface Testing: How to Use What We Get
with Evan Call, MS, CSM (NRM)
The attentive attendee will:

  1. Apply support surface microclimate test results to bed selection and settings in protection of patients from heat and moisture-based stresses.
  2. Use the support surface test results for pressure, friction, and shear to make surface selections, and to guide support surface settings and nursing practice for prevention and treatment of pressure injuries.
  3. Implement proper utilization of support surfaces and nursing practices to overcome the limitations of beds in protection of at-risk patients.
3:00pm - 3:30pm Break and Exhibits, Posters with Authors Present
3:30pm - 4:30pm 

Journeying Into the Future: Biomarkers and Smart Biotechnology for Chronic Wound Management
with Kath Bogie, DPhil
Chronic wounds have a devastating effect on quality of life for many people with reduced mobility, in particular the elderly, and individuals with spinal cord injury. For persons with sustained impairment, it remains unclear why some suffer from a continuous cycle of recurring pressure injuries while others remain pressure injury free. Learners will discover straight-forward ways for the end user to implement, improve outcomes and reduce both human and economic costs of biotechnology.

4:30pm - 5:30pm

AAWC Annual Business Meeting, Presentation of Poster Awards, Conference Wrap Up
with Barbara M. Bates-Jensen PhD, RN, FAAWC, FAAN

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Closing Reception and Social


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While it is well known that bacteria and biofilm in the wound will impair and even prevent wound healing, and infact cause infection, the question becomes how to best quantify the bacterial load or identify the culprits of the offending bacteria. In this session we will discuss the microbiology of common wounds and the merits and indications for 2 laboratory techniques.