Posts Tagged ‘Wild on Wounds National Seminar’

Hot Topic at WOW – Nutrition Gems

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Dr. Nancy Collins PhD, RD, LD/N, FAPWCA, President/Executive Director Nutrition

Dr. Nancy Collins PhD, RD, LD/N, FAPWCA, President/Executive Director Nutrition

Dr. Nancy Collins received an overwhelming positive response from attendees after her lecture on “Nutrition Gems:  Hot topics in Nutrition”. One attendee remarked that she learned more from this one hour lecture than any previous presentation she has heard on this topic.

It was fascinating to hear about the advances in the field from an expert who has helped shape the current landscape yet remembers when her most common intervention when assessing wound patients nutritionally was to order “Milk and graham crackers!”

She covered a new development on the timing of when protein should be ingested based on recent research.
Breaking up protein ingestion at each meal has been shown to make it better available to the body to use verses protein loading at one meal, usually dinner. This can help our patients heal faster by providing the body with the protein it needs to build in that new tissue.

Did you know why Arginine and Glutamine, Conditionally Indispensable Amino Acids, are often need to be supplemented in the diet of our wound care patients?

Because under the stress of a wound, the body may not be able to keep up production of these important nutrients. Without adequate amounts of Arginine and Glutamine in the diet, the signaling pathway to build in new tissue is not activated and wound healing can stall.

Another key point made by Dr. Collins was the need to interpret lab data (Albumin, Pre-Albumin and Transferrin levels) only in conjunction with a full body nutritional assessment. These lab values have been shown to be inaccurate in patients with inflammation occurring in their bodies. Changes in Albumin, Pre-Albumin and Transferrin should not be used to suggest changes in protein status in individuals with acute or chronic inflammatory states. That can and should help all of us to do a better job in conducting a nutritional evaluation of our patients.

Dr. Collin’s passion for nutrition science and her ability to make it relevant to the wound care world was greatly appreciated by all who had the good fortune to attend this lecture.  To learn more about Dr. Collins go to:


I’m going to conference! Are you?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Donna_headshotBy: Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS

Years ago, when I first started out in the wound care specialty, the only way to learn about new products and what was going on in the field was to “go to conference” (wound care conference). All year long, planning and excitement continued to build for our big trip. Not going wasn’t an option; our facility, patients, and administrators needed us to attend. If we didn’t, we’d be way behind our competition in regard to cutting-edge, hot-off-the-press wound care treatments and techniques.

Besides being a forum for displaying new wound care products, conference is an opportunity to network, to see what others are doing—what’s working and what isn’t— and to hear firsthand from researchers.

Living in the digital age has changed things for us. We’re blessed to have innovative information at our fingertips whenever we connect to the Web via computer, smartphone, or tablet. Manufacturers’ websites, government guidelines, and social media sites can keep us informed of what’s hot and happening if we just take the time to check them.

But as glorious as the Web is, I still believe in the power of attending conference. Some things are just meant to be seen, touched, and experienced—live and in person. Being in a convention hall with hundreds or even thousands of clinicians who love the same icky, yucky, stinky, and sometimes-nauseating challenge of wound management is something you just can’t experience on the Web. The power of passion, excitement, and inspiration from others is so contagious.

It’s understandable that money and time constraints play a big part in decisions to attend conference. Nonetheless, I believe all wound and ostomy experts should figure out a way to go to conference every year, or at least every other year. Here are some creative ideas for funding your conference expenses:

Educational grants from suppliers
State or local educational grants
Employer’s tuition-reimbursement program
Combining your annual family vacation with the conference trip
Holiday or birthday gift from your family
Simple negotiation with your employer.

Currently in the United States, we can choose from several wound conferences, including the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy cosponsored event Wild on Wounds (WOW). I encourage all wound and ostomy experts to support and advance our specialty by continually educating and updating ourselves—and one way to do this is to go to conference.

Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS
Clinical instructor
Wound Care Education Institute
Plainfield, Illinois

DISCLAIMER: All clinical recommendations are intended to assist with determining the appropriate wound therapy for the patient. Responsibility for final decisions and actions related to care of specific patients shall remain the obligation of the institution, its staff, and the patients’ attending physicians. Nothing in this information shall be deemed to constitute the providing of medical care or the diagnosis of any medical condition. Individuals should contact their healthcare providers for medical-related information.

47 Days to WOW Conference

Monday, August 4th, 2014

It’s not too late to register for WOW!  Don’t pass up the opportunity to network, learn and participate in some of the top wound management sessions. Jennifer talks about two of her sessions and what you can expect in this video.

Jennifer Oakley RN, WCC, CWCA, DWC, OMS, Clinical Instructor


The Wound Care Quiz Connection
In this session you will have a plethora of wound care information presented in a fun and fast moving quiz format to get you and your colleagues thinking again without overloading you. Join Jennifer, test your knowledge and inspire others.
Finding Common Ground…Your Guide to Surviving Wound Care Communication ChallengesIn this session you will learn effective communication techniques that will enable you to effectively deal with the day-to-day challenges you face as a wound care clinician.
Even our exhibitors and sponsors are getting in on the knowledge.
HANDS ON : Use of Collagenase SANTYL Ointment in Wound Bed Preparation

Amy Bruggeman NP, MS, APRN-BC

Proper wound bed preparation is crucial for wound repair to progress normally. The overall goal is to address the necrotic burden and achieve a stable wound with healthy granulation tissue.Debridement helps remove necrotic tissue, which is a key component to wound bed preparation.

This program will review wound bed preparation and the role of debridement. It will analyze evidence based medicine in the treatment of chronic wounds and it will summarize the benefits of Collagenase SANTYL® Ointment in chronic wound debridement.Don’t put it off any longer. Book your sessions today and get your hotel room ready.
See you in Vegas!

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Wild on Wounds Productions, Inc.
25828 Pastoral Drive
Plainfield, Illinois 60585


Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


Curious about maggots and leeches?  The maggots are back at the Wild on Wounds conference in Las Vegas.

Session #302: “HOW TO: Hands On:
Principles and Practice of Biosurgery and Biosurgical Debridement”
Ron Sherman MD, MSc, DTM&H, Director BTER Foundation, Irvine, CA.
Taught in two sessions, you will get the didactic and the practical hands on.Maggott_photos
Learn about the history, current status, mechanisms of action, as well as indications and contraindications for maggot and leech therapy. Then put all that to use when you actually learn the technical aspects of maggot debridement therapy by applying live maggot dressings to mock wounds.









  •     Lunch all 3 days with a lunch speaker on 3rd day
  •     Black and White Gala party (includes dinner / drinks / prizes / dancing and more)
  •     2 days of vendor showcase exhibits
  •     Cyber café (complimentary internet access)
  •     3 days filled with Wound and Ostomy education


Diabetic Awareness: 2 Feet or No Feet (Parts 1 & 2)

Friday, August 12th, 2011
Diabetic Foot Awareness

Diabetic Awareness: 2 Feet or No Feet (Parts 1 & 2) will be presented by April Holtry RN, BSN, WCC at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas this September 7-10,2011.

We need healthy feet to run, walk and support our body weight. This session will discuss the problems we face with our diabetics and the reasons why their feet are not healthy. What are the risks and the complications that our diabetic patients encounter? We’ll discuss infections, ulcers, poor circulation, amputation, improper footwear and underlying mechanical problems. We’ll touch on charcot and the cause of this problem. Finally, we’ll discuss the little bit of “Doctor” that exists in many of our patients when they decide to perform that “bathroom surgery” and the complications this can lead to.

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute, please visit

Click Here To Register for the Wild on Wounds National Conference

Know How to Perform a Complete Diabetic Foot Exam

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Diabetic Foot Exam
Jump to the Front Line: Know How To Perform a Complete Diabetic Foot Exam will be presented by Dr. Alison J. Garten DPM, CPed, Kaiser Permanente at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas in September. This is a one-hour interactive session on learning and understanding the parts of a diabetic foot exam including the dermatological,vascular, neurological and orthopedic. We’ll review common areas of skin breakdown based on the different parts of the exam. See a thorough diabetic foot exam presented during this session. We’ll discuss patient examples of diabetic foot exams and learn how to easily spot areas prone to ulceration before they occur. Through this session you will learn the importance of a thorough diabetic foot exam
Be sure to check out this session as it sure to fill up quickly.

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute, please visit

Click Here To Register for the Wild on Wounds National Conference

SCALE Skin Changes at Life’s End

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The Wild on Wounds National Seminar will be held on September 23-25 in Las Vegas NV at The Paris Hotel. Continuing our session highlights, SCALE: Skin Changes at Life’s End will be presented by Karen Kennedy Evans, RN, FNP, PA, KL Kennedy LLC, of Tucson AZ.

Unavoidable skin changes may occur at Life’s end despite optimal care that meets or exceeds the standard of care. This session will review the consensus findings of an inter-disciplinary expert panel of key leaders from the wound care industry on changes in the skin at life’s end, with a focus on avoidable versus unavoidable. Presented by Karen Lou Kennedy, the developer of the concept of a terminal pressure ulcer, aka Kennedy Terminal Ulcer

Like the other sessions, this one is sure to be full of valuable information about skin care issues at Life’s End

For more information about other sessions at this year’s Wild On Wounds National Conference or to Register, check out

For information about becoming Wound Care Certified, check out our website’s information page about WCEI’s Skin and Wound Management Course

WCEI Co-Founders Nancy Morgan RN and Donna Sardina RN interviewed on

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Scroll Through to Find Nancy and Donna’s Interview

Listen to internet radio with WCEI on Blog Talk Radio The Wound Care Education Institute’s Nancy Morgan RN, BSN, MBA, WOCN, CWON, WCC, CWCMS,  and Donna Sardina RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS were recently interviewed on Listen in above to the interview to get a sneak peak at what is in store for the upcoming Wild On Wounds National Seminar September 23-25, 2010 in Las Vegas NV.