SAWC Spring/WHS Exceeds Expectations

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Draws Strong Support for 25th Anniversary Year

Nurses, physicians, podiatrists, therapists — please consider joining our specialty, because we need motivated clinicians to make a difference in the lives of patients with wounds.

Nearly 2,200 clinicians attended the 25th annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Spring and Wound Healing Society (SAWC Spring/WHS) meeting in Atlanta, GA, from April 19–22, 2012. SAWC Spring/WHS and the SAWC Fall meeting are the two largest professional wound care symposia in the United States. SAWC co-hosts North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC (NACCME), and HMP Communications, LLC, biannually provide this forum for wound care professionals to network and develop best practices to improve the overall care of patients with wounds.

“The first SAWC meeting attracted a few hundred clinicians, with the vast majority being nurses although we had a handful of physical therapists and physicians interested in wound care. But today, more than 25 years later, we had nearly 2,200 clinicians attend and close to one third of them were doctors,” said co-founder Evonne Fowler, RN, CNS, CWON. “There are more people paying attention to wound care, especially payers, and we need more clinicians focusing their practice to enhancing wound care treatment for the betterment of our patients. Nurses, physicians, podiatrists, therapists — please consider joining our specialty, because we need motivated clinicians to make a difference in the lives of patients with wounds.”

This year’s SAWC Spring/WHS included more than 100 educational sessions presented by nearly 150 world-renowned wound care experts. Attendees received additional education from pre- and post-conference sessions, such as The Basics of Wound Healing, Best Practices in Running a Successful Clinic, Comprehensive Hands-on Debridement Skills, Reimbursement Challenges in Wound Care Departments, and much more. In addition, WHS sessions included Pre-Clinical Models of Wound Healing and Molecular and Cellular Basis of Wound Infections. General and concurrent sessions kept attendees engaged until the very end.

“SAWC is the best conference for wound care education and certainly a step above what I would have otherwise gotten out of different wound care programs,” said Rita Herrin, RN, CWOCN, a loyal SAWC attendee. “The show is geared toward practitioners who are passionate about their patients and those who are dedicated to advancing their practice. Here, I am learning from the ‘who’s who’ in wound care, and it gets me excited to go back to my facility and share what I have learned with my colleagues.” Ms. Herrin plans to attend SAWC Spring/WHS 2013 in Denver, CO.

The SAWC Spring conference is also the official meeting site of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), http://www.aawconline.org, the preeminent, interdisciplinary organization for advanced wound care. The AAWC’s mission is to spread awareness about advanced, evidence based wound care by promoting excellence in education, clinical practice, public policy, and research. The AAWC is also the largest interdisciplinary association within the field of wound care and over 300 of their members attended SAWC Spring 2012 as speakers, abstract presenters and attendees.

The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Fall Meeting (SAWC Fall) will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD on September 12-14, 2012. The SAWC Spring/WHS 2013 meeting is being held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, May 2–5, 2013. Please visit http://www.sawc.net or contact Tiffney Oliver at 609-630-6223 for more information.

About NACCME
North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC (http://www.naccme.com), an HMP Communications Holdings Company, provides the highest quality CME/CE across medical disciplines and therapeutic areas. In conjunction with top medical faculty, NACCME develops evidence-based initiatives that target specific educational needs, assisting healthcare professionals in improving patient outcomes by bridging the gap between current and best healthcare practices.

About HMP Communications, LLC
HMP Communications, LLC (HMP), http://www.HMPcommunications.com is a leader in healthcare communications and education. It publishes some of the nation’s most well respected journals in three key medical arenas — wound care/podiatry, cardiovascular and life sciences — representing 14 specialties. HMP also offers more than 20 years' meeting management/production expertise and over a decade producing cutting-edge, online educational programs. HMP’s portfolio of wound care/podiatry journals includes; Ostomy Wound Management, WOUNDS, Podiatry Today and Today’s Wound Clinic.

In addition to these online and print media, HMP manages the annual SAWC Spring and Fall meetings. SAWC Spring’s and SAWC Fall’s innovative agendas include lectures, workshops, and certification courses, all presented by world-renowned experts in key areas of advanced wound care.

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