Fistula Care Series at Northeast Region WOCN Conference

A 2-part series on fistula care will be presented November 7th and 8th during the 2020 Northeast Region of the WOCN's Virtual Conference.

The session Fistulas are a Pain in the… Expert Tips to Address Wound Challenges!Fistulas Are a Pain in the… Expert Tips to Address Wound Challenges! will be live-streamed on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST.  Anyone - even those who are not registered for the conference - can attend using this link.

Then, on Sunday, November 8, 2020 the session From Hopeless to Healed: 3M Comprehensive Solutions for Fistula Patients will be presented live at 7:00 AM EST.  Similarly, anyone can use this link to attend, even if they have not registered for the conference.

Learning objectives for the series are to:

  • Discuss S.N.A.P (Skin/Sepsis, Nutrition, Anatomy, Procedure), the acronym to design a fistula management care pathway - Acute, Post-Acute and beyond!
  • Illustrate via cases, techniques tips and pearls on how to manage containment systems to prevent skin damage related to fistula effluent
  • Demonstrate negative pressure wound therapy to optimize wound management
  • Examine the role of planning, communication and technology to ease care transitions
  • Investigate and discuss gaps in current practice for managing skin preparation and injury related to fistula effluent spillage
  • Discuss challenges in skin care after increased mobility in post-acute settings

Click here for conference and registration details.

Management of Enteric Fistulae at AASPA

Attend Management of Enteric Fistulae during the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA) virtual conference October 17th at 8:05 AM Central Time.

Kristen Lindvall, PA-C from Regions Hospital will provide practical applications and insight on enteric fistula management. Engage and ask questions from the comfort of your home.

Isolation of Enteric Fistulas for Skin Graft Placement

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) has shared the case study poster Isolation of Enteric Fistulas to Allow Adjacent Skin Graft Placement.

Download the poster to see how Fistula Solution devices help manage intestinal effluent during the placement of skin grafts or artificial skin substitutes onto nearby wounds.

Complex Wounds and Fistula: How to Wow ‘Em!

Attend Complex Wounds and Fistula: How to Wow ‘Em! during the Wild on Wounds virtual conference September 27th at 2:40 PM PDT.

This session will demonstrate best practices in fistula drainage containment, negative pressure wound therapy, skin management to reduce discomfort, and pouching to heal the wound and keep the patient clean, dry, and comfortable during the waiting period before abdominal wall reconstruction.

Techniques and tips for massive soft tissue injuries such as necrotizing fasciitis and Fournier's gangrene utilizing the newest negative pressure therapy will also be covered.

Open Abdomen Planning Webinar

The webinar Planning for an Open Abdomen: Strategies and Best Practices to Increase Efficiency and Decrease Readmissions will be held live on July 1st and 8th.

This activity is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the surgical closure, or prevention and management of wounds.

Learning objectives are to:

  • Investigate gaps in current interventions for managing open abdominal wounds
  • Illustrate via cases, techniques tips and pearls on how to manage open abdomen
  • Examine the role of closed incision negative pressure wound therapy in reducing the number of follow up appointments and hospital readmissions

Click here to register for Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:00pm to 1:00pm ET or Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:00pm to 2:00pm ET.

Reimagine Solutions for Fistula Management at WOCNext

Attend Reimagine Solutions for Fistula Management: The Patient, The Fistula, The Skin! during WOCNext on June 6th at 2:45 PM EDT.

Fistulas can be complex and challenging for WOC Nurses. This session will provide solutions for fistula management with primary focus on effluent containment and perifistular skin protection. Come prepared to virtually learn best practices utilizing case-based scenarios during this innovative presentation by an expert clinician and WOC nurse.

Team Management of Enteroatmospheric Fistulas at Virtual SAWC Spring

The SAWC Spring 2020 educational program will now be delivered as a virtual experience.  Engage from your home to gain practical applications and insight on enteric fistula management.

Mary Anne Obst and Kristen Lindvall from the Complex Abdominal Reconstruction (CARS) team at Regions Hospital will present Team Management of Enteroatmospheric Fistulas on July 26th.  They will share the CARS methodology for fistula patient care during the 6 to 18 month wait time before definitive surgical treatment.  They will cover wound care, nutritional support, psychosocial counsel, medical management, and surgical planning.

AAST Webinar on Entero-cutaneous and Entero-atmospheric Fistulas

The webinar Entero-cutaneous and entero-atmospheric fistulas: Have we had a paradigm shift in management? is now available online.

Dr. Richard Miller, Chief, Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Vanderbilt Medical Center presents a comprehensive overview of enteric fistula management and makes a strong case for "feeding the gut".

The webinar is part of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Virtual Grand Rounds educational program.

Click here to watch.

2020 Surgical Infection Olympics in Madrid

The 2020 Surgical Infection Olympics will be hosted by Madrid, Spain during the European Congress on Surgical Infections in September.

The Olympics and subsequent Surgical Infection Society Europe (SIS-E) conference will cover not only the recent aspects of known issues, but also new frontiers of surgical infections. Surgical researchers, surgical residents, nurses, infection control practitioners and surgeons are encouraged to participate in or contribute to the congress.

Conference themes include:

  • Management & closure of the open abdomen
  • Interactive cases on surgical infections
  • Global surgery symposium: Damage Control Surgery
  • Instillation therapy with negative pressure in the open abdomen
  • Reducing sepsis-related mortality

The 2020 SIS-E Olympics and conference will be September 2-4 at the Tryp Madrid Atocha Hotel in Madrid, Spain.

Visit the Surgical Infection Society Europe website for more information.

Hernia Surgery Summit in March

Columbia Comprehensive Hernia Center's 11th Annual Hernia Surgery Summit is focused on reconstruction of abdominal wall defects, which remains one of the most challenging dilemmas facing surgeons. Even though ventral hernia repair remains one of the most common procedures performed, there is little consensus as to the best surgical technique, prosthetic material of choice, or strategies to repair complex defects.

Learning objectives include:

  • Minimally Invasive Hernia Repairs
  • Robotic Hernia Repairs
  • Complex open abdominal wall reconstruction techniques
    • Open (traditional) component separation
    • Laparoscopic and periumbilical sparing component separation
    • Posterior component separation and transversus abdominis release (TAR)
    • Laparoscopic and Robotic Totally Extraperitoneal Retromuscular Repairs
  • Para-stomal and other difficult hernia repairs
  • Reconstructions in setting infection, contamination, enterocutaneous fistulas, loss of abdominal domain
  • Umbilical and inguinal hernia repairs
  • Comprehensive review of groin repairs and groin pain management
  • Plastic surgery considerations for difficult soft tissue scenarios

The 2020 conference will be March 5-7 at the The Cliff Lodge in Snowbird, Utah.  Visit the Hernia Surgery Summit website to see the full conference agenda.