SAWC Spring 2019 – Surviving an Enteric Fistula: The Reality for the Patient and Care Providers

Mary Anne Obst, Complex Abdomen Specialist at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, will present “Surviving an Enteric Fistula: The Reality for the Patient and Care Providers” at SAWC Spring 2019. The presentation is Session 22 on May 9th at 9:15 AM.

Mary Anne will discuss the life changing physical and emotional trauma that some patients experience when a fistula develops. The leakage, odor and skin destruction, and depression can lead to physical and emotional pain that is unbearable. Caregivers suffer as well in terms of frustration with management problems and inability to “make it better” for the patient with the condition. This session will demonstrate pouching techniques using negative pressure wound therapy to contain the drainage, skin management to reduce the discomfort, and pouching tips for keeping the patient clean, dry, and comfortable during this trying time.

Visit the SAWC Spring 2019 website to see the full conference agenda.

Challenging Scenarios and Fistulas at the AWR Conference

The Challenging Scenarios session at the upcoming Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Conference includes hernia repair topics and a pair of exciting enteric fistula presentations. B. Todd Heniford, MD from Carolinas Medical Center Department of Surgery will present "Mesh Infection and Fistula: Surgical Management and Long-term Outcomes". Dr. Heniford will be followed by Mary Anne Obst, WOCN and Complex Abdomen Specialist at Regions Hospital, who will share "Enterocutaneous Fistula: Best Practices for Wound Management".

The presentations will be followed by questions and panel discussion including best practices in fistula management.

The 2019 Abdominal Wall Reconstruction conference will be June 6-8 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington D.C. Visit the AWR website to see the full conference agenda.

Recommended Enteric Fistula Reading: 2018 Atlas of Critical Care Procedures

Find excellent guidance on the Local Management of Enteroatmospheric Fistulae in Chapter 34 of the Atlas of Critical Care Procedures, Editors: Demetrios Demetriades, Kenji Inaba, and Philip D. Lumb.

This atlas is an all-inclusive resource that describes step by step how to perform the essential bedside procedures required to provide optimal care to the critically ill patient. Detailed descriptions of these procedures, with sequential photographs depicting each critical step, provide an in depth understanding of the anatomy, critical technical steps and common pitfalls to both military and civilian trainees. For the advanced professional operator, this atlas will provide a rapid refresher of the critical steps and is an excellent teaching resource, based on the decades of collective experience accumulated by the authors. This atlas is a standard reference for surgeons, critical care physicians, nurses and all critical care professionals who manage enteric fistulas and complex wounds.