Exploring Wound Care May 18, 2016 – 530PM – Diabetes Centre

first aid kit isolated over reflective surface
first aid kit isolated over reflective surface

Exploring Wound Care – Medical and Nutritional Management of Wounds
Special Focus: Venous Ulcers

Thursday, 18 May 2016, 530PM-9.00PM
Diabetes Centre, Warrens, St. Michael

The increasing numbers of Leg ulcers are placing increasing financial and psychological pressures on both patients and health service resources. Most ulcers are associated with venous disease, but other causes or contributing factors include immobility, obesity, trauma, arterial disease, vasculitis, diabetes, and neoplasia.

Early detection of venous leg ulcers could assist with positive healing if patients were evaluated and assessed early. Shortage of hospital beds, the high cost of inpatient care, and the need to maintain independence in this elderly population of patients mean that primary health care is now catering to this burden. Furthermore, if a patient has been hospitalized ulcers often recur when the patient returns home and resumes a lifestyle in which most of the day is spent with the legs in dependency. Outpatient and community based systems of care that maintain mobility and avoid the complications of bed rest are more cost effective and appropriate and also maintain independence and quality of life.

Optimal wound healing requires not only state of the art dressing modalities but adequate nutrition. Nutrition deficiencies impede the normal processes that allow progression through stages of wound healing. Malnutrition has also been related to decreased wound tensile strength and increased infection rates. Malnourished patients can develop pressure ulcers, infections, and delayed wound healing that result in chronic non-healing wounds. Chronic wounds are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality for many patients and therefore constitute a serious clinical concern. Because most patients with chronic skin ulcers suffer micronutrient status alterations and malnutrition to some degree, current nutrition therapies are aimed at correcting nutrition deficiencies responsible for delayed wound healing.

We invite you to explore these and more issues from a multidisciplinary perspective at this continuing medical education event on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 – 530PM-900PM.

CPE Credit will be awarded.

Registration/ RSVP: http://www.hibiscushealthcaribbeanevents.eventbrite.com
Physicians: BDS$50.00
Allied Health: BDS$40.00
Payment Centre: Diabetes Centre, Warrens, St. Michael 417-5980
(Cash, Credit, Cheque)
General Info: 246-269-6183; 253-9384 – hhccmeevents@gmail.com

 Draft Programme:

# Hours: 3 hours

5.30-5.45 Opening Remarks: Setting The Stage for the Medical Management of Wounds
Dr. Diane Brathwaite, Clinical Director, Diabetes Centre

5.45-6.15 The Management of Venous Leg Ulcers in General Practice
TBA, Physician

6.15-6.45 Is That Tissue Viable? One Pertinent Aspect of Wound Care.
Simone McConnie, Podiatrist / Wound Care Specialist

6.45-7.15 Nutrition and Wound Care
TBA, Registered Dietitian

7.15-7.30 Abbott – Nutrition Presentation

7.30-8.00 Options for Compression
Veronica Webster, Wound Care Nurse

8.00-8.35 MDT Case Studies: Challenges in the Management of Venous Ulcers

8.35 – 9.00 Interactive Discussion/ Refreshments


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