Advances in lower limb reconstruction and surgical site infection reduction
It is critical to understand how new innovative technologies can reduce the risk of surgical site infections (SSIs), hospital acquired conditions and readmissions, when performing lower extremity surgeries and microsurgical reconstruction on high-risk patients. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) has been widely used for over 15 years to treat a variety of acute and chronic wounds. A new canister-free, portable, single use NPWT system with all the same indications of traditional negative pressure has completely revolutionized this treatment. Case studies will be shared related to the following: • Management of lower extremity muscle flaps and grafts • Appropriate patient selection in utilizing NPWT for closed incisions lower limb reconstruction • Adult and pediatric deformity correction microsurgical limb reconstruction Learn about innovations in the management of lower extremity surgery and reconstruction that Dr. Rodriguez-Collazo has been able to achieve by utilizing single use NPWT technology.
Target audience: Podiatrists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons, General Surgeons, Wound Care Specialists
Presenter: Edgardo R. Rodriguez Collazo, DPM Director, Chicago Foot & Ankle Deformity Correction Center Department of Surgery, Presence Saint Joseph, Chicago, IL Department of Surgery, Saint Anthony Hospital, Chicago, IL Co-Founder & Medical Chairman, Chicago Lower Extremity Surgical Symposium
Evidence-based strategies for reducing surgical site infection risk
Thirty-Seven percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will have a mastectomy. Nearly 3.5 million aesthetic breast operations were performed in 2013. The risk of surgical site infection (SSI) is four times higher following a mastectomy compared to cosmetic breast surgery. 
Post-operative complications, such as SSIs, lead to prolonged hospital stay and increased hospital costs. SSIs are not unique to breast surgery. Patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or more were twice as likely to develop an SSIs following surgical procedures. Up to eighty-four percent of SSIs occur post-discharge and are often under reported. It is critical to understand how new innovative technologies can reduce the risk of SSIs.
In this webinar, Dr. Djohan will address current research in utilizing an innovative dressing technology that provides the clinically demonstrated benefits of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) to reduce the risk of SSIs and help to improve scar quality.
Target audience: Plastic Surgery MDs, RNs and PAs, Wound Care MDs and RNs
Presenter: Risal S. Djohan MD, Plastic Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic
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2. International Survey on Aesthetic/Cosmetic: Procedures Performed in 2013. International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
3. Olsen, M. A., Lefta, M., Dietz, J. R., Brandt, K. E., Aft, R., Matthews, R., & Fraser, V. J. 2008. Risk factors for surgical site infection after major breast operation. J Am Coll Surg 2008;207:326-335
4. Davis, G. B., Peric, M., Chan, L. S., Wong, A. K., & Sener, S. F. 2013. Identifying risk factors for surgical site infections in mastectomy patients using the NSQIP database. The American Journal of Surgery, 2013 205(2) 194-199
Realizing the effectiveness of single patient systems in the outpatient setting
In a recently published study from the March 2014 edition of OWM, author Theresa Hurd explores the effectiveness of a new canister-less, portable, single use NPWT system in the outpatient setting. In the eight week study, data from 539 patients who had been on traditional NPWT were reviewed retrospectively and compared to 326 patients who received therapy for similar wound types using the single use NPWT system. The study found that portable, single use NPWT delivered similar healing rates to traditional NPWT in the outpatient setting with wounds that have low to moderate exudate levels.
Presenter: Theresa A. Hurd RN MSN, MScN, MScED, PhD
Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner
CEO, Nursing Practice Solutions, Inc.
Associate Professor, Graduate Nursing Practitioner Program
D'Youville Buffalo, New York
The art of healing stalled wounds with NPWT
Negative pressure wound therapy has been widely used for over 15 years to treat a variety of acute and chronic wounds. When a new canister-free, portable, single use NPWT system, PICO, was introduced, Dr. Nair began exploring its effectiveness on many different types of wounds in the outpatient setting. In the video above, Dr, Nair shares her extraordinary clinical results with the PICO System through didactic case reviews and clinical results.
Presenter: Dr. Sunitha Nair
Medical Director, Midwest Region Healogics Corporation
Medical Director, Wound Healing Center, Presence St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, Illinois