Posts Tagged ‘WOW Conference’

Not Yo’ Grandma’s Stockings

Friday, May 27th, 2016

By Christopher Miles, OT, CLT, CWCA, medi USA

Compression garments aren’t what they used to be – and those of us in wound care couldn’t be happier.                                      Not Yo' Grandma's Stockings

Unfortunately, when patients think of compression garments they think of socks that are too tight and difficult to get on, or tend to roll and pinch. What they might not be thinking is that compression therapy is practically the only medical treatment likely to reduce the rate of recurrence of their nasty, painful and smelly venous leg ulcers.

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Destination WOW? Be a Poster Presenter

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

A Wild on Wounds conference attendee shares a wound-care mystery through her prize-winning poster abstract, and has a message for fellow clinicians facing recalcitrant wounds: “Don’t give up!”

Susie Lee, RN WCC, was the 2015 WOW Grand Prize recipient in the poster presentations.

Susie Lee, RN WCC, was the 2015 WOW Grand Prize recipient in the poster presentations.

Susie Lee, RN WCC, traveled from Honolulu, Hawaii last year to attend the Wild on Wounds National Conference (WOW) for the first time, and all because of a challenging wound care case. A nurse for 38 years (and specializing in wound care for the past 10 years), she submitted a poster abstract in order to share her experience with fellow clinicians and conference attendees.

At the time, Susie had never created a clinical poster before, let alone one of such magnitude. And on top of that, she had never been asked to present a case for such a large audience. But this opportunity was a perfect fit for WOW attendees, because they love learning and finding ways to better help and care for wound care patients.

Little did she know that her entry (and all the hard work that went with it) would not only be a smashing success, she would go on to receive the coveted Grand Prize, plus a complimentary conference registration for the following year’s conference. The icing on the cake was that she enjoyed learning more about her passion – wound care – in a lively, fun and inspirational environment while attending the WOW conference.

The Case

So what was Lee’s poster topic? It all started with an old wound that refused to heal. Located around a patient’s colostomy site, the wound was a tricky one, accompanied by intermittent appliance leakage. But the kicker? The patient wasn’t feeling pain.

“It was so frustrating,” says Lee. “The wound would get better for months at a time, but then suddenly flare up again. After trying different methods of treatment, none of which seemed to work I researched symptoms and scoured the Internet, looking for related articles, photos and any clue that might help find a solution. A  dermatologist could not provide any diagnosis, so I finally consulted with another wound care nurse colleague.”

Again, since the patient wasn’t feeling any pain, it was more difficult to diagnose. But finally Lee experienced an aha moment. She learned that the patient had suffered from a stroke on her left side (where the colostomy was), which had caused extensive nerve damage. This suddenly explained the patient’s lack of pain.

The diagnosis? Peristomal pyoderma gangrenosum – a rare condition that causes large, painful ulcers to develop in the area surrounding an abdominal stoma. Working with a nurse practitioner, Lee decided to apply a high-dose of topical steroid cream. And guess what? It worked.

The WOW Experience

Although Lee’s case was difficult, the successful outcome – and the opportunity to share her story so that others might learn from it – inspired her to create the first poster presentation of her life. Being named the Grand Prize recipient was a surprise, for sure. But it was her message that meant even more. “The bottom line for me was to tell other clinicians that no matter how long it takes, don’t give up!” she says. “It’s such a great satisfaction to get a stubborn wound healed – for the patient, certainly, but also for you!”

Attending her first WOW conference was extra special because Lee’s daughter came with her to see the presentation. “It was kind of a role reversal,” she says. “My daughter came to see me participate in something. She was impressed with my poster, and it was nice for her to be proud of me, just like I’m always proud of her!”

As for her WOW trip, Lee says that she loved every minute. “I’ve been to other conferences, and they were really nice, but WOW is a whole other experience,” she says. “They had so many sessions and resources – on topics that I have to deal with every day. I met so many great people, and it was well worth the trip. WOW makes learning fun.”

A Little Background on Susie

Lee’s first class with the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) was in 2004, when she completed the Skin and Wound Management course presented by Nancy Morgan, WCEI Co-Founder.  Later, she sat for the Wound Care Certified Examination provided by National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy, and then became a WCC. “No doubt about it, my career path is a direct result of WCEI,” she says.

More about WOW

What have your experiences at WOW conferences been, and how many times have you attended? What were your favorite moments, sessions or experiences? Please leave your comments below. And if you’re interested in sharing the details of an unusual or particularly challenging case, get your online poster submission form here. We can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas!

To learn more about the case, “Atypical Presentation of Peristomal Pyoderma Gangrenosum,”  see Lee’s article in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Wound Care Advisor.

WOW Conference & Your Money

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Wound Care Conference Las VegasThe Lowdown on Tax Deductions and Travel Expenses

One of the most frequently asked questions we get regarding the annual Wild on Wounds (WOW) Conference is, “Can I deduct travel and lodging expenses on my taxes?” The answer is an enthusiastic yes!

As you pack your bags and prepare to head to Las Vegas, Aug 31 – Sept 3, for WOW 2016 – one of the most exciting wound care conferences ever – you can rest assured that as long as your travel is purely related to your practice, you can write off your expenses. Here are the basic guidelines for doing so:

It Must Be Mostly Business

You can write off your travel expenses if attending the WOW Conference benefits your business or contributes to your continuing education. But if you are attending this or any other conference for reasons other than business (like political, financial or social), deductions don’t count. According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines, you can’t be gone for more than a week, and at least 75% of your trip needs to be devoted to continued education or business matters.

But Have Some Fun

The IRS is perfectly aware that business travelers like to have fun. Conference attendees commonly extend their education and business trips in order to see the sights or tour local attractions. If you plan to do so, have fun! But you can’t claim your personal expenses as part of your education and business write-offs. So go ahead … enjoy all the extra sites of Vegas, but don’t include those costs in the education and business portion of your expenses.

What About the Extras?

Obviously you’ll be wanting to get some sleep at WOW (after experiencing exciting and jam-packed days filled with amazing sessions). The good news is that those nights in the hotel can be written off, along with your meals – as long as they’re not over-the-top or lavish. And as a side note, if you travel with an associate or employee and pay for their expenses, you can write-off travel costs for them, too. However, you are not allowed to write off expenses for family members.

Keep Good Records

In order to comply with the IRS, keep detailed records of expenditures and accurately calculate deductions. If you are an employee of a company, you can deduct your conference costs that are not reimbursed. Employee spending is considered a “Miscellaneous 2% Expense.”

The Bottom Line

When it comes to tax deductions and travel expenses, it can get a little confusing. We totally understand, which is why we’re not in the tax business! Which means that you’ll need to get help with your conference tax-deductions from a qualified accountant, or visit these IRS website links:

http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc511.html

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch06.html

http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc513.html

Another Bonus

Don’t forget that you can earn up to 21 Contact Hours (up to 18 contact hours from the main conference, and 3 contact hours pre-conference) by attending WOW.  Find more details here.

Still haven’t registered? There’s still time. Check out the details here.

Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Michael Miller

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Anything-but-boring is how you describe this 2015 WOW Conference Speaker

Dr. Michael Miller

Dr. Michael Miller

There are lots of words that you might use to describe Dr. Michael Miller. Some of the usual adjectives on the list include entertaining, colorful, boisterous, and probably most of all … controversial. But after experiencing one of his presentations or even having a simple conversation with him, you would never ever call him boring. And he kind of likes it that way.

“My presentations are sort of like auto accidents,” says Miller, CEO Medical Director for Medical Care Group, Indianapolis. “It’s like you can’t look away. People come just so they can wait for what will come out of my mouth. Some might not agree with what I have to say, but I’m definitely thought-provoking and challenging.”

Miller is a featured speaker at the 2015 WOW Conference, Sept. 2-5 in Las Vegas. He will lead two presentations:

Let’s Assess, Work Up, Dress Up, and Figure Out How To Heal This Wound!
This advanced course goes beyond the basics and will include case studies and typical wound care center simulations. You’ll discuss etiology, work up and dressing choices, while learning how to explain prognosis to patients and work together with them to heal.

Sherlock Miller: Solve the Case
Audience participation is a key to this interactive session. Dr. Miller will facilitate a lively exercise where audience members can strut their stuff and help find solutions to interesting and unusual wound care cases. Together, attendees will bring the patient and the wound to the desired outcome.

“We will definitely have lots of fun,” says Miller. “I’m accused of many things, but boring is never one of them. I invite challenge, and I always ask ‘why.’ And I don’t accept ‘why,’ unless I can understand why the ‘why’ is why.”

Did we mention thought-provoking? This is Miller’s fourth year at WOW, and he looks forward to sharing his unique approach to wound care with others. “Far too many wound care doers start their care with the wound and then spend their time trying to fill it,” he says. “I only look at the etiology and then why it is not healing, which are often two different issues.  In many cases, looking at the wound is the last thing we do.”

A self-described Socratic educator, Miller isn’t interested so much in what an answer to a question is, but how the answer got there in the first place. “There are lots of good specialists out there, but with little concept of what they’re doing,” he says. “And when I ask them why they’re doing something in particular and they answer with, ‘Because we’ve always done it that way,’ it sets my teeth on edge.”

Miller believes that through challenge and logic, specialists can come to recognize and embrace new ways of doing things to achieve better results. Come see Miller and other great speakers at the WOW Conference – check out our full conference schedule here and register now.

Visit Dr. Miller’s Blog at:  http://woundcareadvisor.com/help-me-help-me-help-menext-tuesday/

WOW Conference: Speaker Spotlight

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Kathy Schaum at WOW Conference

Kathleen D. Schaum, MS

Kathleen D. Schaum, MS

WOW Conference: Speaker Spotlight
Kathleen D. Schaum, MS
If there’s one thing that WOW Conference speaker Kathleen Schaum knows from past experience, it’s to expect the unexpected. That’s because when she presented last year (on the very last session day, and early in the morning), she figured there might be maybe 10 people in the audience wanting to learn about health care reform. Instead, she spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of hundreds, many of whom lined up in the hall afterwards to ask more questions.
“The uptake from the crowd was unbelievable,” she says. “I could have stood up there for three more hours! Needless to say, there were lots of aha moments that day.”
Schaum is the president and founder of her own reimbursement strategy consulting company, and brings more than 40 years of Medicare reimbursement knowledge and experience to wound care professionals who wish to improve their businesses. Her session, Health Care Reform Update, will provide new information about risk-sharing payment programs in development across the country.
In particular, participants will learn more about how to adjust wound care in order to meet the Triple Aim of health care reform. This includes:

  • Patient-centered care that is evidence-based, providing the best outcomes across a continuum.
  • Processes that provide the lowest “total cost of care.”
  • Programs that provide and measure patient satisfaction.

“Last year at WOW, we discussed changes in health care reform that were predicted for the following three to five years,” says Schaum. “Those changes are already here, and the next year will be astounding for wound care professionals. Quite simply, the future is now, and I’m going to help them get ready!”
As a speaker, one of the things that Schaum looks forward to the most is experiencing the high energy of WOW. She has also noticed the elevated level of motivation among attendees, fellow presenters and organizers. “It’s contagious and very catching,” she says. “It certainly rubbed off on me last year. My speaking style is upbeat, and so it aligned perfectly with the tone of the conference.”
You’ll be able to meet Schaum and experience this must-see Health Care Reform session on Saturday, Sept. 9 (Session 109), from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Interested to find out more? See our conference schedule, find out more about the conference, and register now.