Time Information
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Session TBC

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Thomas E. Serena MD, ,

8:40 AM - 9:40 AM
Keynote Address: Biofilms in Medical Science

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Overview of The Problem of Wound Infections
Thomas E. Serena MD, ,

Wound infection or high bacterial load remains an issue in chronic wounds. In this introductory session, we will explore the incidence and prevalence of wound infections, the unique challenges of acute vs. chronic wounds, the financial and economic factors at play in wound care and wound infection, and the issues that impact patients and providers across wound care settings as we consider the whole patient approach to care
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Special Populations: Immunologic Monitoring of Infection Risk in Burn Patients

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Special Populations: Pediatric Wound Infection

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Identifying the Gap Between Research and Practice
Jennifer Gaddy MD, ,

Scientific research on issues of infection is advancing at a rapid pace, but that does not necessarily mean that it is reaching clinicians in their daily practice. This session will provide an overview of scientific advances in biofilm, topical antiseptic, swab cultures and planktonic bacteria, help define contamination, colonization and other critical terms, and provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges of applying these areas to clinical practice
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Role of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Osteomyelitis, the Diabetic Foot, and other inflammatory Conditions
William Tettelbach MD, ,

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HB0) inhibits bacterial growth and reduces inflammation. This lecture focuses on the use of HBOT for infectious disease and inflammatory conditions
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch - Sponsored Program

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Shifting the Paradigm

Now that we can recognize the research advances, how can we apply what has been learned to the clinical setting? This session considers the stakeholders involved in translating research to practice, how the ideology progresses through these stakeholders and how different host factors sometimes require a different approach
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
The Role of Nutrition in Wound Healing and Infection Control

Nutrition plays a crucial role in wound healing and the function of the immune system.  Malnutrition complicates the wound healing process in a variety of ways not the least of which is increasing the susceptibility to infection
2:40 PM - 3:00 PM
Compression, Lymphedema, and Infection: What, When, and How?

Afternoon Break

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Making the Diagnosis: How Good Are We?
Greg Bohn MD, ,
Karen Bauer DNP, ,

In this interactive session, participants will engage with the panel for a multi-disciplinary approach to examining case-based differential diagnosis, identifying gaps in assessment and discussing diagnosis and the complexity of wound infections. Participants are welcome to submit cases for this section.
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Educating Medical Students in Wound Management: Impact of introduction to a wound care center during medical school
Marilee McBoyle MD, ,

Medical students, in their third year of training, have a detailed and well-structured surgical clerkship rotation.  But as both a surgical educator and wound center Medical Director, a void was identified in acquainting these students with chronic wounds. This prompted an introduction to the wound center followed by a post session survey to better capture the knowledge base, potential need, as well as benefit of this additional session.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The Patient Experience

A patient from a local wound clinic has agreed to share their experience
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
Poster Reception

Poster authors present defend their work
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Industry Sponsored Dinner – Topic to be determined

Time Information
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Bugs and Breakfast - Industry Sponsored Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Welcome Day Two: From Assessment Through Management and What’s Next
Thomas E. Serena MD, ,

Yesterday we set the stage today we analyze the evidence. We challenge the evidence.
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
What do the Guidelines Tell us?
Kara Couch CRNP, ,

How can we best improve the multi-disciplinary approach to caring for infected wounds? In addition to practical assessment by wound type, this session will review varying host factors, the AAWC Clinical Practice Guidelines and how tools are being developed to support clinical practice
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Clinical Assessment of Wounds
Karen Bauer DNP, ,

Assessing a chronic wound for moderate to heavy bacterial burden begins with assessment of the clinical signs and symptoms of infection. This lecture will review the clinical examination of the patient with a chronic wound
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Molecular Diagnostics and Biomarkers for Infection
Thomas E. Serena MD, ,

Traditional culture techniques are fraught with errors and inaccuracy. This lecture highlights novel diagnostic methods including molecular diagnostics and bacterial protease testing
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Imaging Chronic Wounds
Thomas E. Serena MD, ,
Munier Nazzal MD, ,

Imaging is an important tool in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of wound infection including osteomyelitis. For this session, speakers will explore the practical implications of radiologic imaging, explain the physics and application of fluorescent imaging, and highlight examples of both from clinical trials.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Improving Wound Assessment with Fluorescent Imaging - Sponsored Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Topical Management
Kara Couch CRNP, ,

Shifting to practical management and care, this session will explore the various topical treatments and strategies proven to manage wound infections in a clinical setting, including antimicrobials and antiseptics, biofilm issues, considerations based on the setting, topical antibiotics and composite dressings.
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Systemic Therapy: Overall Goals

Systemic therapy provides different treatment options and benefits for patients with infected wounds, but also unique challenges as well. In considering the overall goals and opportunities for systemic therapy to manage and eradicate infection, this session will also explore challenges related to complications, superinfections and resistance
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Afternoon Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Systemic Therapy: Antibiotic Stewardship

As the approaches to systemic therapy for wound infections evolve, much of the research and practical application is focusing on antibiotic stewardship, supporting the immune system, and preventing infections. This session will also explore how research on the microbiome is impacting clinical decisions regarding systemic therapies and treatments.
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Surgical Site Infection and Management
Greg Bohn MD, ,
Munier Nazzal MD, ,

Each infection is different, but there are certainly some unique challenges presented by Surgical Site Infections (SSIs). In addition to reviewing the causes and issues related to SSIs, this session will explore practical cases of osteomyelitis, the impact of bone biopsies and incision and drainage procedures.
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Multi-Disciplinary Team-Based Care: Case Discussions
Kara Couch CRNP, ,
Munier Nazzal MD, ,

Through audience engagement and panel discussion, the speakers for this session will help participants apply all they’ve learned by identifying the core partners they can employ in creating a successful multi-disciplinary wound care team. Case study scenarios will explore various clinical examples of how different medical disciplines can bring their strengths to collaborative care
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
New Horizons, Gaps, Needs, and Research Opportunities
Jennifer Gaddy MD, ,

Where is the future leading health care professionals in the diagnosis, management and care of wound infections? Wrap up the conference with an interactive summary of the emerging innovations, new treatments and how to bridge the gap between the research and clinical practice of wound care
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
AAWC Closing Remarks
Thomas E. Serena MD, ,