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WOCNext 2019 Symposia are now available!

If you are already registered, click here to log back in to your registration and add your symposia choices. Below are the symposia sessions that will be at this year's event, click on a session title for more information.

Saturday, June 22, 2019: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Dinner 

(S01) Skin Safety and Pressure Injury Prevention: Integrating New Science and Leveraging the Power of Data - SOLD OUT
Supported by 3M Health Care

(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)
D. Cody Cloud, BSN, RN, CWCN, ROT
Holly Kirkland-Kyhn, PhD, FNP, GNP
Debra Thayer, MS, RN, CWOCN

In this session, we will explore new thinking on skin safety, etiology of pressure injuries (PI) and the impact that science has on prevention strategies. The process and value of generating facility-based data to drive effective PI prevention will be presented along with real world examples of practice change.

(S02) Take Your Advanced Wound Care Solutions to the Next Level
Supported by KCI, An Acelity Company

(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)
Olivia Snodgrass, PA-C
Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWS

Take it to the next level by participating in a program illustrating advanced wound care solutions and continuity across the continuum managing complex wounds. The speakers will discuss clinical challenges in their care settings showcasing solutions including; Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) with Instillation, technically Powered Disposable NPWT, and Advanced Wound Dressings highlighting application tips with a focus on scientific evidence. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019: 12:10 PM – 1:40 PM – Lunch 

(S04) Peristomal Skin: Stepping up the Beat to Quality Care - SOLD OUT
Supported by Hollister Incorporated
1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)
Janet Stoia Davis, RN, CWOCN, CFCN

Peristomal skin complications are prevalent in persons living with an ostomy; more than 80 % of individuals with an ostomy will experience a stomal or peristomal complication (PSC) within two years of ostomy surgery. Peristomal skin problems are especially prevalent and a growing body of evidence indicates they are associated with clinically relevant impairments in physical function, multiple components of health related quality of life, and higher costs. Several mechanisms are strongly linked to PSC including medical adhesive related skin injuries (MARSI). Peristomal MARSI (P-MARSI) is observed after removal of an adhesive ostomy pouching system. Although peristomal itch is often associated with PSCs there is increasing awareness of the impact of the peristomal itch even in the presence of intact skin. This session will discuss the impact of peristomal adhesive injuries and itch, report results of a recent consensus document and explore how to bring the knowledge into our clinical arena.

(S05) Putting it all together: The WOCN Society’s Decision Support Algorithm for Body Worn Absorbent Products (BWAP)
Supported by Domtar Personal Care
1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)
JoAnn Ermer-Seltun, MS, RN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN

Selection, evaluation and use of Body Worn Absorbent Products lies at the heart of continence nursing and the newest statement from the WOCN Society concerning continence specialty practice and full scope WOC practice in the area of continence. This interactive session provides a case-based introduction to the Society's latest algorithm for use of body worn absorbent products. You will not want to miss this unveiling of the latest tool designed specifically for your practice as a WOC nurse.

(S06) Patient Safety: We’ve Got Some Skin in this Game!
Supported by Stryker

1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)
Jo Ann Brooks, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCCP
Diane Mackey, MSN, RN, CWOCN

In the book Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001), the Institute of Medicine identified six domains of health care quality with the goal of guiding clinicians to deliver safe and evidence-based patient-centered care. Using the STEEPE Framework, this session will give clinicians the tools required to understand and implement these patient-centered concepts. Ranking systems and quality and patient safety measures utilized at the national level will be described and discussed from the clinical perspective of the WOC nurse.

Monday, June 24, 2019: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Breakfast 

(S07) Saving the Skin They’re In: What’s New in IAD, MARSI and MDRPI - SOLD OUT
Supported by 3M Health Care 
0.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)
Moderator - Mikel Gray, PhD, RN, PNP, FNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
Elizabeth Ayello, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWON, MAPWCA, FAAN 
Stephanie Yates, MSN, RN, ANP, CWOCN

This symposia will feature updates from experts in the areas of IAD, MARSI and MDRPI. After hearing about the latest in the literature, interact with the speakers and others working to eradicate skin damage related to incontinence, medical adhesives and medical devices. At the end of the session, this year’s Safe Skin Award Recipients will be recognized for their award winning prevention program.

(S08) Practice Guidelines for Assessment of Peristomal Body Profile, Ostomy Patient Engagement and Patient Follow-up   - SOLD OUT
Supported by Coloplast Corp.

(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)
Janice Colwell, RN, MS, CWOCN, FAAN
Kathleen Hudson, BSN, RN, CWOCN

Evidence indicates that stoma patients’ quality of life measures are low due to lack of confidence in the pouching system security and fear of leakage. Reports in the literature describe that up to 80% of all people with an ostomy encounter peristomal skin complications, the majority of which are related to a poor pouch seal. While it is evident that pouch seal leakage can cause profound problems for the person with an ostomy, little information is available on interventions to address leakage. Recently, over 1600 ostomy care nurses across 27 countries provided a consensus on nine statements on how to assess peristomal body profile, how to engage and educate patients and when to follow-up with patients after hospital discharge or product change. 

(S09) Pressure Injuries on the Fast Track: A closer look at Medical-Device Related Pressure Injuries, Emergent and Urgent Care Challenges - SOLD OUT
Supported by Smith & Nephew

(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)
Melody Austin, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS, CWON-AP
Lee Ruotsi, MD

Tuesday, June 25, 2019: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Breakfast 

(S10) New Clinical Evidence that Changes the Game With NPWT - SOLD OUT
Supported by Smith & Nephew

(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)
Elizabeth Huddleston, PhD
Kristi Huebner, MSN, RN, CWS
Loe Nherera

(S11) Innovation in Advanced Wound Care - The Vision and Value - SOLD OUT
Supported by Molnlycke Health Care

(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)
Moderator - Dot Weir, RN, CWS, CWCN
Joyce Black, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
Sue Creehan, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Karen Edwards, BSN, RN, MSS, CWOCN
Deborah Nelson, BSN, RN, CWOCN

(S12) Combatting Wound Chronicity with MORE THAN SILVER™ Technology - SOLD OUT
Supported by ConvaTec Inc.

(This activity is not accredited for nursing contact hours)
Philip Bowler, MPhil, BSc, FIBMS

With the increasing awareness of underlying conditions that promote wound chronicity, non-healing wounds continue to challenge clinicians. Finding effective, yet economical, treatments for these stalled, nonhealing wounds remains a priority. Expert speakers will share the latest clinical and scientific understandings of the role that complex wound bioburden plays in delayed healing, followed by real world experience with a new and innovative antimicrobial dressing clinically shown to facilitate progression of wounds toward healing.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Breakfast 

(S13) A Deeper Dive into Moisture: Understanding the Connection to Skin Integrity - SOLD OUT
Supported by Hillrom

1.5 Contact Hours (Lecture and Discussion)
Laura Edsberg, PhD

WOC Nurses often face the clinical conundrum of moisture management. This session will provide insight into the complex relationship between skin integrity and various moisture sources, duration of exposure and external forces. You won't want to miss this engaging presentation with immediately applicable information. 

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