Experts Take Center Stage at SAWC
By Medline Newsroom Staff | April 30, 2018
Chronic wounds affect over 6.5 million Americans, costing the U.S. health system $25 billion annually. What’s even more alarming is that the prevalence of chronic wounds is rising as the population ages and diseases like diabetes and obesity become more common.
For clinicians specializing in wound care and tissue regeneration, the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Spring (SAWC Spring) offers an opportunity to learn about the latest trends and innovations in the industry.
More than 2,000 clinicians from around the World gathered in Charlotte, NC, for SAWC in late April. While there, Medline hosted a live, in-booth news broadcast featuring dozens of leaders in the wound care and tissue regeneration field. The broadcast, named The Pulse, provided SAWC attendees an opportunity during exposition hall hours for further education on problems plaguing the industry.
Experts who took to The Pulse stage included Dr. Gregory Schultz, Professor at University of Florida and Director of the Institute for Wound Research, and Terry Swanson, wound management Nurse Practitioner at South West Health Care in Victoria, Australia and lead author of the 2016 International Wound Infection Institute (IWII) Consensus Update.
Additionally, Medline debuted its new Skin Champion program developed by certified WOC nurses to help train healthcare staff on proper skin health. The complete training program consists of pre-built educational modules on pressure injuries, skin care, wound etiologies and special populations.