NACCME Brands, SAWC Fall and CVLN Form Alliance with PAD Coalition

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Aims to address the devastating consequences of under-detection and under-treatment of peripheral artery disease and chronic wounds

Proper evidence-based wound care goes hand-in-hand with aggressive PAD treatment...

North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC(NACCME), a multi-accredited continuing education provider that powers the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) and Cardiovascular Learning Network (CVLN), announces a partnership with the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Coalition to co-develop a comprehensive, one-day PAD track that will take place during SAWC Fall 2013 that will address PAD prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The SAWC Fall will be held September 27-29, 2013 at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, with the aforementioned PAD educational track to be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Sessions from the SAWC Fall PAD Coalition track will be archived as on-demand educational webinars on the SAWC, CVLN and PAD Coalition websites.

PAD is under-detected and undertreated. Often, it is the wound care professional, such as the podiatrist involved in foot ulcer treatment, who is the first healthcare provider to clinically encounter the manifestations of critical limb ischemia (CLI). Proper evidence-based wound care goes hand-in-hand with aggressive PAD treatment as revascularization alone without good wound management still results in a major amputation rate between 5% and 7%. Early detection and prompt management of PAD results in improved foot ulcer healing and lower risks of gangrene, amputation and mortality from CLI.

“CLI is a devastating illness that patients with peripheral artery disease can develop where the limb is threatened. A major focus of the PAD Coalition is to raise awareness of critical limb ischemia and the need for urgent medical care for this condition,” said Emile Mohler, MD, chair of the PAD Coalition Steering Committee. Through the newly established partnership, NACCME and the PAD Coalition seek to improve the prevention, early detection, treatment, and rehabilitation of people with or at risk for PAD through continuing medical education at the SAWC Fall meeting and the SAWC and CVLN websites.

SAWC Spring/WHS and SAWC Fall are the premier educational wound care conferences for wound care clinicians in the United States. For more than two decades, the SAWC has hosted thousands of physicians, podiatrists, nurses, physical therapists, researchers, dieticians, and medical professionals involved in wound care and wound healing to discuss advances and treatments in the field. SAWC Spring and SAWC Fall are accredited and sponsored by NACCME and managed by HMP Communications, LLC (HMP).

The North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC (NACCME), 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 SAWC
During the past 26 years, SAWC Spring has established itself as the premier name in wound care CME/CE symposia, providing a unique platform for the largest annual gathering of the interdisciplinary wound care community to network, learn, and collaborate toward the common goal of improving patient care by decreasing the number and severity of chronic wounds. With the 2009 addition of SAWC Fall, SAWC now provides face-to-face education for 3,000+ multidisciplinary wound care practitioners annually. SAWC also has an online educational resource (

About the Cardiovascular Learning Network
CVLN is a digital resource for credible cardiology education to the scope of cardiovascular professionals—clinical and interventional cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, electrophysiologists, catheterization lab technicians and nurses, cardiovascular lab technicians, and cardiac arrhythmia specialists.

About HMP Communications, LLC
HMP Communications, LLC (HMP), 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 more than 10 specialties. HMP also offers more than 20 years of meeting management/production expertise and over a decade producing cutting-edge, online educational programs. HMP's portfolio of wound care/podiatry journals includes WOUNDS, Podiatry Today, Ostomy Wound Management and Today's Wound Clinic.

About the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Coalition
The PAD Coalition is an alliance of leading health organizations, vascular health professional societies, and government agencies that have united to raise public and health professional awareness about lower extremity PAD. Committed to improving PAS patient outcomes, the Vascular Disease Foundation, and its coalitions strive to increase public awareness for vascular disease. The Vascular Disease Foundation is a not-for-profit section 501(c)(3) organization.

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