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June 19, 2017

For the 3rd year in a row, the WHS Education committee provided a high-energy, hands-on precourse workshop at the American Geriatric Society annual meeting. Moderated by Ken Schmader, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Duke University School of Medicine, the 4-hour session emphasized the value of an interdisciplinary team when caring for the older adult with wounds.
Entitled ‘Wound Care 200+: Expanding your toolbox to meet the wound care needs of older adults’,

Lynne Grant, Lisa Gould, Renee Cordrey and Elizabeth F. White-Chu provided didactic case-based learning reinforced by hands-on practical simulations in small groups. Designed to provide the tools that geriatric clinicians need to successfully treat wounds despite the challenges of patient-centered concerns across the continuum of care, 50 participants worked through four anchoring chronic wound cases with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to formulate treatment strategies and develop a plan of care that included wound assessment and dressing choices, application of negative pressure wound therapy and determining when a patient would benefit from palliative wound treatment strategies. We are grateful for the support provided by the American Geriatric Society and particularly for the generous contributions of Acelity, Cardinal Health, Convatec, and Smith & Nephew who provided a wide variety of dressings, skin care supplies and negative pressure wound therapy devices/dressings that made it possible for the learners to demonstrate their skills.

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