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ConvaTec Donates $10,000 to AAWC Global Volunteers Program Through SAWC Walk for Wellness
ConvaTec (Skillman, NJ) donated $10,000 to the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) Global Volunteers program through the SAWC Walk for Wellness that took place at the 25th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and Wound Healing Society Meeting (SAWC/WHS) in Atlanta, Georgia from April 19–22, 2012.
The Walk for Wellness helped raise awareness of the AAWC Global Volunteers program and the need for ongoing education and training programs to promote access to proper wound treatment for the underserved in developing countries and North America.
Conference participants were provided with pedometers that counted each step they took during the conference. They were encouraged to engage in some physical activity while connecting with other wound care professionals. At the end of each day, participants logged the number of steps they walked and could monitor their personal standing.
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NIH Awards Small Business Innovation Research Grant for Developing Antibacterial Wound Dressings
Imbed Biosciences, Inc (Madison, WI), has been awarded a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grant in the amount of $326,489 by the National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health. During the 12-month project titled, “Antibacterial molecular coatings pre-fabricated for biologic wound dressings,” the company will collaborate with Dr. Jonathan F. McAnulty, DVM, PhD, Professor and Chair of Surgical Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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More Than 2000 Clinicians Attended SAWC Spring/WHS
Nearly 2200 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.
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.
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.
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KCI GraftJacket® Regenerative Tissue Matrix Reimbursed by Medicare in Eight Midwestern States
Medicare beneficiaries living in 8 Midwestern states will now have access to the Kinetic Concepts, Inc (KCI [San Antonio, TX]) Graftjacket® regenerative tissue matrix (RTM) for the treatment of neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), one of the most debilitating complications from diabetes. Approximately 85% of all nontraumatic amputations are preceded by a nonhealing foot ulcer.
The agreement affects Medicare beneficiaries in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.