CHICAGO, Feb. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural ACWHTR LIVE!, a year round educational journey presented by the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, kicked off January 28, 2021. The January event, which is the first of four sessions, surpassed attendee and exhibitor expectations. Whether you are looking to further your knowledge or connect with wound care professionals, you can not afford to miss the remaining three sessions that are scheduled to take place in April, July, and October of this year.
The January ACWHTR LIVE! event saw over 5,000 visits to the educational platform over the course of 3 days. The 300 plus attendees were able to earn 13 Hours of CME and hear from over thirty speakers throughout the course of the program.
The January event, which was held virtually January 28-30, 2021, focused on Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Nutrition. Highlights and key takeaways included:
- COVID-19's impact on wound healing: A hypercoaguable state occurs as a result of the viral infection that can affect both the large blood vessels as well as the capillaries. Wound healing can be impacted by poor microcirculation. We don't yet know if patients that recover from covid will have permanent problems with healing.
- Thromboelastography is a diagnostic tool used in critical care and heart surgery that just received EUA for testing the coagulation pattern in patients with COVID. This technology was described at the meeting.
- New research from Indiana University was presented that described the importance of achieving functional skin healing in addition to simply the anatomical goal of skin closure. The novel use of TEWL, trans epidermal water loss testing was described.
- A panel was held in which the social and political determinants of health were discussed and their impact of overall health and wound healing. Researchers from Johns Hopkins and USC described wound healing data and how the findings were influenced by variables outside of clinical medicine that the attendees should consider in their own practices.
- A diagnostic and treatment work up was described for atypical wounds located on the lower extremity by Dr Kolluri from Ohio. The audience learned how to consider unusual wound etiologies after the more common causes have been ruled out.
- Plastic surgeons from 4 academic centers weighed in on how plastic surgery should be considered an essential part of a multidisciplinary wound program. One of the key take-aways was the critical need for communication between the wound program and the surgeon, early on in the treatment course and immediately after any surgical intervention to ensure continuity of care and to maximize patient outcomes.
- The evidence and overall level of scientific knowledge surrounding nutrition is growing. Food as medicine was a highlighted topic that helped attendees learn how what we eat can influence wound healing, inflammation, and overall immunological health.
- Health care will take on a new look in 2021 with a new administration in DC. A panel focused on the healthcare landscape reviewed topics such as artificial intelligence, value based payments, telemedicine, and digital medicine and how these areas will influence the field of wound care in the future.
- A complicated case in which a diabetic patient with arterial disease and a foot ulcer was presented and discussed during a vascular surgery panel. The timing of revascularization and the specific anatomical options were reviewed.
- One of the impacts of COVID has been the reduction in face to face visits in clinics, emergency rooms and hospital admissions. There has been a simultaneous significant increase in major limb amputations worldwide from 30-50% of rates seen in 2019. Physicians from the UK and US discussed this issue during a data filled panel discussion.
Sessions from January's event will be available for on-demand viewing on Tuesday, February 9th 2021.
As we have witnessed during the course of the past year, medical knowledge evolves quickly and the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair believes a fast-changing world warrants quarterly updates in which live panel sessions, cutting edge technology and research findings can be presented. This educational platform will also allow the American College to provide a flexible solution for the 2021 calendar year.
The next ACWHTR LIVE! event will take place April 22 - 24, 2021; areas of focus for Q2 include Pain, Geriatrics, Rheumatology, and Podiatry/Foot & Ankle. Register for an all-access pass, a single quarter live pass, or quarterly on-demand education as it becomes available post-event. To register and to learn more, visit https://acwhtr.com/ac-wounds-live/rates-registration/.
About ACWHTR LIVE!
ACWHTR LIVE! is a year-round virtual education and exhibition experience like no other. Once a quarter, ACWHTR provides 10-15 hours of live virtual CME content for members and wound care professionals delivering quality education and engagement opportunities with colleagues, peers and industry leaders. Each quarter incorporates several didactic subjects that follow the core curriculum of the wound healing and tissue repair fellowship program. By participating in the 4-session format, attendees are able to broaden their knowledge and appreciate the contributions made by the many providers that make up a comprehensive wound healing team. To register and for more information, visit https://acwhtr.com/ac-wounds-live/.
About The American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
The American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWH) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Illinois committed to advancing the field of wound care through education, research, and advocacy. The College fosters the training of medical professionals through the sharing of a physician-based, clinical fellowship curriculum developed in conjunction with the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System and allied healthcare colleges and programs. The ultimate goal of the organization is to designate wound care as a board-certified medical specialty. For more information, visit https://acwhtr.com.
Ricci McDonald // Executive Director
American College of Wound Healing & Tissue Repair
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