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Schedule subject to change. Application for continuing education credits is in process. 

1:00pm - 5:00pm  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. 

* Requires separate pre-registration. 


7:30am - 8:00am  Breakfast
8:00am - 8:15am  Welcoming Remarks
with Barbara Bates-Jensen
8:15am - 9:15am  Opening Lecture

with David Armstrong 
Broad overview of how care of diabetic foot has changed over time using early detection techniques, and recent technology to advance prevention; what does he see for future in prevention; process of protocolizing

9:15am - 10:00am  Session 1: PAD National Action Plan: Summit Consensus Recommendations
with Karen Bauer and Ruth Bryant
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 & Exhibits
10:30am - 11:30am Session 2: Technology Update: Vascular Disease
with Alisha Oropallo
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. 
11:30am - 12:15pm

Session 3: Topical Oxygen: Were Does it fit in Your Practice?
with Greg Bohn and Naz Wahab 
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 - 1:45pm  Lunch & Exhibits
12:45pm - 1:45pm Satellite Symposium 1
2:00pm - 2:45pm

Session 4: Advances in Addressing the Wound and Skin Microbiome 
with Tom Serena and Lindsay Kalan
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.

2:45pm - 3:30pm Session 5: Technology of Early Detection
with Ruth Bryant and Barbara Bates-Jensen
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. 
3:30pm - 4:00pm

Break & Exhibits

4:00pm - 4:50pm

Session 6: Transitioning technology into your practice - Navigating the Process
with Kara Couch
This panel discussion 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.

4:50pm - 5:00pm Short Break 
5:00pm - 5:30pm AAWC Annual Business Meeting
Head into the Annual Business Meeting to learn about the latest AAWC initiatives.
5:30pm - 6:30pm  Meet & Greet
Join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks to reconnect with old friends and get to know fellow attendees.
7:00pm - 8:00pm Faculty Networking Event 
(Invite only)


7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast 
7:00am - 8:00am Satellite Symposium 2
8:00am - 9:00am  Opening Remarks/Lecture
with Cathy Thomas Hess
How are organizations using data collected electronically? This session will discuss Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)  to personalize care. Discussion in this exciting session will focus on how real world data  is collected and synthesized and its impact on current and future evidence-based care models
9:00am - 10:00am Session 7: Disparities in wound care: social determinants of health, epigenetics, and the biochemical response to stress
with Laura Swoboda and Lynette Gunn
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.
10:00am - 10:15am  Break & Exhibits
10:15am - 10:45am Session 8: Simple Apps to Improve Patient Engagement in Their Recovery Plan
with Jenneffer Pulapaka
Patient engagement is critical to the successful identified end-point of the patient's  wound journey. The proliferation of apps that are now available can overwhelm even the most involved patient. Presenters share their favorite apps while exploring the evidence- base of patient engagement. Audience participants will be encouraged to share apps that they have found helpful in their practice.
10:45am - 11:15am Session 9: Walk in My Shoes and Socks - Integrating  New Modalities in Care
with Marcela Farrer
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about recent updates in lower extremity compression and shoes for wound healing and prevention. Learn to integrate the technology associated with these devices into your everyday practice.  
11:15am - 12:00pm Session 10: Wound Healing with Your Tablet: Breaking Barriers Across the Care Continuum
with Jonathan Johnson and Maria Goddard
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 & Exhibits
12:00pm - 1:00pm Satellite Symposium 3
1:00pm - 2:00pm  Session 11: Advanced Cellular Wound Technology (CTP)
with Bill Tettelbach
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. 
2:00pm - 3:00pm  Session 12: Addressing Current Challenges in Differentiating Wound Etiologies
with Ruth Bryant and Karen Bauer
Accurate identification of wound etiology is essential to treat the patient but additionally impact provider and healthcare system reimbursement. Inaccuracies in determining etiology may occur for a variety of reasons. This session explores how technology and its adoption can improve patient outcomes by improving diagnostic acumen.
3:00pm - 3:30pm Break & Exhibits
3:30pm - 4:15pm  Session 13: The Atypical Wound: Using Technology to Identify and Manage the "Zebras"
with Naz Wahab 
Uncommon or atypical wounds develop as a consequence of intrinsic disease, inflammation, metabolic disorders and neoplasms.  An awareness of these unusual conditions and skin manifestations are a challenge in the clinical setting to diagnose and to treat.  This session will explore the  the technology required to confirm diagnosis of atypical or uncommon wounds  and assist in the topical therapy. 
4:15pm - 5:00pm  Poster Session
Mingle with wound care professionals and students over appetizers and drinks to discuss the latest wound care research with experts in various studies.
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Closing Lecture

Awards Ceremony
Celebrate your AAWC peers — the perfect end to the AAWC Annual Conference for 2022! 


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