The team at Wendy White WoundCare is delighted to bring to our WOUNDEd Community the 2019 calendar of education and dinner events, ‘Talking Wounds’ with Wendy White & Friends.

The topic for our June event is ‘Oedema & Healing: What’s the big deal?’.

Periwound oedema is a notable sign of acute inflammatory – an innate response to the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines leading to vasodilation. This physiology provides immune cells, perfusion and nutrients to the wound bed, and maybe natures way of Immobilisation in those first few days post acute injury.

In contrast, excessive, or unresolving chronic (persistent) or disease/comorbidity related oedema is now considered as much a detriment to healing as smoking, disease, poorly managed pain, malnutrition or local infection – a fact which may be under-recognized and thus poorly managed.

Delayed wound healing, surgical wound dehiscence, spontaneous wound formation or 2ndry lymphoedema are just some examples of the significant complications and life-changing consequences of chronic oedema. The lower limb is an anatomy commonly affected by chronic oedema, and this WOUNDEd event will focus on what we can do to reduce the risk of complication by improving early detection and management strategies.

Like all things wound & skin, a systematic comprehensive assessment undertaken by the interdisciplinary team is required to identify the underlying cause of the chronic oedema – immobility & dependency, vascular or chronic disease, malnutrition, chronic wound inflammation to name a few. Understanding the person’s lived experience including ‘leaking legs’ or dressings, recurrent cellulitis, pain associated with chronic oedema or reduced mobility can focus us on meeting their unique needs.

Once the correct label and symptoms are identified, treatment options can be proposed and implemented. Negative pressure wound therapy, bandaging, hosiery, ‘wraps’, sequential intermittent compression therapy & excessive therapy are just some of the weapons at our disposal to fight the foe of excessive or chronic oedema.

This WOUNDEd event aims to raise awareness to the fact that oedema (with a focus on the lower limb) can not go ignored. We really can, through increasing awareness, knowledge and skills, prevent complications and incurable consequences of chronic oedema.

Wendy looks forward to discussing this important topic with her invited experts & ‘friends’.

Our learning objectives for this WOUNDEd event are as follows:

  1. Discuss the term ’oedema’ as it relates to acute inflammatory or chronic pathological presentations, wounds & lower limbs
  2. Examine causes of lower limb oedema and discuss consequences of poorly managed / control oedema lower limb
  3. Identify characteristics of oedema and outline stages (signs) of 2ndry Lymphoedema
  4. Overview of high-risk populations for acute & chronic oedema in lower limb,
  5. Consider the lived experience and challenges of chronic oedema and management options
  6. Discuss/demonstrate a range of traditional and innovative technologies available for the management of lower limb chronic oedema (including benefits, precautions and contraindications)
  7. Reflect on current practice, and consider the importance of making acute & chronic lower limb prevention and management a ‘big deal ‘ back in the workplace, considering ACTION opportunities

We would love you to join us for the 5th event of 2019 to network and learn together. Two (2) hours CPD is offered for attendance at this event including access to online learning resources including downloadable presentation handouts.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Wendy and the WWWC team

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