Fistula Solution is proud to unveil the champions of the 2023 SAWC Fall Fistula Coloring Contest! The judges faced a daunting task selecting the top drawings from a talented pool of entries, but after much deliberation decided that three of the entries clearly rose to the top in terms of the inherent meaning and intent of the works and skill and technique of the artists.
Second Runner Up
In a stroke of artistic genius, Tracey Yap, Katie Brooks, and Jenny Alderden from Duke University School of Nursing unleashed their interpretation of an open abdomen with a dash of Monet and a pinch of vino-inspired impressionism. Their canvas is a soothing oasis of smooth lines and colors that whisper, "Relax, it's just an open abdomen with exposed bowel and a possible fistula." In such moments, the prescription is conservative management, using large wound managers and moist wound healing while waiting for the patient to become healthy and suspected fistulas to define themselves.
First Runner Up
Kurt Holifield from Vitality Advanced Wound Care took us on a mesmerizing journey into the problematic world of hernia mesh-induced enteric fistulas. His artwork, a captivating blend of Picasso's Blue Period and Dr. Michael Desvign's inspiration, masterfully underscores the importance of the SNAP methodology in fistula management: Skin and Sepsis, Nutrition, definition of fistula Anatomy, and a definitive Procedure to repair the fistula. The anatomical callouts in his drawing emphasize the paramount importance of comprehending the fistula's anatomy beneath the skin. Knowledge of the fistula's distal bowel continuity (or lack thereof) is the key to SNAP management success.
The spotlight shines brightest on Donna Garrett from Mercy Wound Clinic, whose vivid use of color screams the raw frustration that enteric fistulas can unleash on patients, providers, administrators, and distraught family members. Her artwork nods to Edvard Munch, encapsulating the rollercoaster of emotions from despair to hope that patients ride during their long fistula journeys. But that's not all! Donna's masterpiece also pays tribute to the unsung heroes in the epic tale of care plans—a multidisciplinary team that includes WOC nurses, surgeons, physician assistants, nutritionists, psychologists, and families, and also Fistula Solution!