Over the last two years, wound care clinicians have been among the many brave, dedicated souls out there providing the best care possible for their patients — in the face of seemingly endless adversity. It’s impossible to overstate the magnitude of what you’ve all been through.

These are among the many reasons the Wound Care Education Institute staff is so excited about this year’s Wild on Wounds (WOW) national conference. The mere notion of meeting face to face after so long apart is truly a reason to celebrate.

For those unaware, Wild on Wounds is an annual conference with workshops and curriculum designed to be relevant for wound care clinicians practicing at every level of skin and wound management. It’s an opportunity to learn, network, discover what’s new in wound care, and of course, have a great time.

In partnership with the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO), this year’s event is being held September 7-10 in sunny Hollywood, Florida. Buying your ticket by April 30 saves you $100, so register early. There are seven tiers of entry to choose from, so take a look at the site to see everything we’re offering this year.

And make no mistake — there’s plenty going on. Check out the agenda and see for yourself.

“We’ve been anxiously waiting, and it’s finally here. I can’t wait to see all my fellow wound colleagues,” said Tracy Rodgers, BSN, RN, LNCC, RN-CLTC, WCC, DWC, Clinical Instructor for WCEI and its parent company, Relias. “We at Relias and WCEI are excited to share with WOW attendees just how the wound care industry has evolved, what changes COVID-19 has brought, and how to best manage today’s most challenging wounds. We’ve got fabulous speakers, great engaging events, amazing pre-conference sessions, and wonderful vendors coming to Florida.”

Industry Experts Share Expertise at Wild on Wounds

Whether you’re new to wound care or a seasoned pro, WOW brings unmatched opportunities to advance your own professional development and build on the foundation of skills you already have. A huge component of this starts with the guest presenters. And there are three amazing guests lined up this year, two of whom will be presenting at WOW for the very first time.

Many wound care specialists are no strangers to the difficulty and nuance associated with treating burn wounds, which is why WCEI is pleased to welcome Maria Goddard, MD, CWS, FAPWCA, of Goddard Medical, LLC.

Goddard will be presenting the Burn Wound Care: How It Started; How It Is Going session for anyone looking to expand their awareness of this complex topic. Goddard’s professional insight and experience part of what makes WOW the premier event that it is.

Of the countless aspects of COVID-19 that wound care clinicians have had to contend with, the virus’ impact on the skin might not be one you’ve had the opportunity to explore. Dianna Dashner, DNP, FNP-C, WCC, CLNC, LLE, of Promedica Care Partners, returns to WOW to  conduct a session called Covid’s Impact On The Skin: A Look At What We Know.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get a perspective that not everyone in the field has been able to explore and another example of the kind of illuminating content you’ll discover at this year’s WOW.

Jennifer Ty-De Guzman, DNP, APRN, NP-C, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, WCC, OMS, LNC, at Excell Home Care Inc., will be conducting an interactive Wound Care Simulation Lab.

This session will give WOW attendees the opportunity to engage in hands-on scenarios that closely mimic various scenarios they’re likely to encounter at the bedside. This kind of immersive learning experience led by an industry expert is rare, so do not miss it.

Innovative, Interactive, Informative

This year, WOW’s ambitious four-day agenda is absolutely packed with a curriculum focusing on methods and concepts you can put into practice now. The interactive how-to sessions and hands-on sessions alone are worth the trip — not to mention training and live product demos with over 40 product exhibitors.

One of more popular and beneficial highlights each year at Wild on Wounds is the Buzz Report. This year, the Buzz Report will be the opening, 8:00 a.m. session on the second day and will be chock full of what attendees have come to expect from it each year.

The Buzz Report is the singular source of information and products that have come to light over the last two years, so make doubly sure it’s part of your WOW agenda.

WOW is undoubtedly a valuable experience for every practicing wound care clinician. So if you’re on the fence about attending, keep in mind that if coming to WOW benefits your business or contributes to your education, you may be able to write off your expenses.

Connecting With YOUR Community

Let’s face it — if there was ever a time that wound care professionals could benefit from being together, it’s now. Anyone who has attended the Wild on Wounds conference before can attest to the feeling of fellowship that comes from being among your people. And after the last two years, you could all use a healthy dose of camaraderie.

“We really felt the absence of WOW, especially from a networking and support perspective,” said Diana Ramirez-Ripp, CWCMS, Manager, Education Services at Relias, WCEI’s parent company. “This is such a fantastic opportunity for wound care clinicians to come together to be with other people who do the same important work, day in and day out — to share what works, what doesn’t, and new products and practices just coming on the scene. We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with NAWCO and bringing back the same passion and content that WOW has come to be known for.”

Stay tuned to WCEI for exclusive interviews with some of WOW’s presenters in the coming months. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn for updates on WOW and all things wound care.

We hope to see each and every one of you in September!

Find more about the WCEI Wild on Wounds conference, and register today.


Aaron Lay

Aaron Lay has a background in academia and English education and has been a professional writer for 13 years, specializing in B2B marketing communications across many industries. At Relias, he works with other writers, content creators, and subject matter experts to secure quality B2B and B2C healthcare content across Relias’ brands, including the Wound Care Education Institute.

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