APWCA2009 - A Resounding Success

APWCA2009 - A Resounding Success

During peak hours as many as 1,000 professionals filled the Conference Hall

Attendees represented all corners of the United States plus 9 other Countries. Pre-Conference Courses held Thursday offered 5 tracks with topics ranging from offloading, to deep pressure ulcers, to a basic essentials course to hyperbaric oxygen and more. The Exhibit Hall Opened during the afternoon and included nearly 80 exhibitors providing related products and services for much of the 4 day event. Thursday evening concluded with more lectures and an Oral Abstract Session.

General Sessions were held Friday and Saturday with an array of topics to interest anyone involved in wound care. The Keynote Address, "Wound Bed Prep and Bacteria," was delivered by Dr. Gary Sibbald which was followed by the Annual Meeting of the Membership. A Breakfast Symposium was offered both Friday and Saturday sponsored by Omega Medical Health Systems and Organogenesis respectfully. Saturday was highlighted with a personal appearance by Patti LaBelle who received the first APWCA Community Outreach Award. Dr. Sibbald was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award. The Association thanks Dr. Kathya Zinszer, Chair of our Outreach and Public Relations Committee, for her assistance in establishing the contact with representatives from Patti LaBelle and initiating her award appearance. Dr. Zinszer is the chair of the Department of Orthopedics and Medicine at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine.

Saturday afternoon's program was highlighted by the Annual Scientific Address which again was organized and supported by McCord Research. Dr. Darlene McCord generously brought PhD Research Scientists from the University of Iowa to our clinically oriented audience. The Panel Presentation: Saving Peri-Wound Cells: New Life for Dying Cells also featured Drs. Josh Madsen and Ehab Sarsour. A four hour Symposium on global aspects of Critical Limb Ischemia was a collaborative academic event presented by the APWCA and The American College Hyperbaric College of Medicine (ACHM). Sunday morning drew a large number of participants, with over 200 attendees listening to oral abstracts followed by a 3 hour session on "The Business of Wound Care". Light breakfast for all four days, lunch and breaks for 3 days, a poster cocktail reception and more were included with registration. The Friday evening reception provided an opportunity to recognize the Buruli Ulcer Foundation, McCord Research, Inc. and the American Wound Care Foundation.

Download a .zip of the APWCA 2009 Presentation (50MB - Quicktime required for movies)