As the COVID-19 continues to affect every aspect of life, the MedTech industry perseveres in its attempt to adapt and continue moving forward. SAWC and the Wound Healing Society held the SAWC Spring 2020 as a virtual experience on July 24-26. In their words "At a time when so much else is canceled, the work to treat, manage, and prevent chronic wounds and improve patient care cannot stop. Hope must go on."
Dr. Margaret A Liu, an expert in vaccines and immunotherapies, provided an excellent presentation on the intersection of vaccine technologies for COVID-19, disease pathology for pts w/ chronic wounds, and how it fits together with a global pandemic. SAWC 2020 Virtual
At SAWC Spring 2020 Virtual, a session titled “NPWT: Getting The Most Out” noted that more innovation and research is needed on dressing instillate monitoring, how often to change a canister, identifying infection w/in wound exudate and whether to use wound cleanser vs saline.
Aroa Biosurgery introduced Myriad, an engineered extracellular matrix for soft tissue repair, reinforcement and complex wounds – primarily to be used in the OR - in a presentation at SAWC 2020 Virtual.
At SAWC Spring 2020 Virtual, a session on new technologies for the management of diabetic foot (DF) discussed studies comparing NPWT-I vs NPWT alone. The presenters concluded there is no difference in clinical outcomes in DF infections or in wounds at various anatomical sites.
A 676-pt study examined the risk factors associated w/ failed delayed primary fascial closure and for mortality in pts treated w/ open abdomen (OA). superior role for VACM methodology in terms of successful primary fascial closure and increased survival in pts with OA. JTACS
In the opening session at SAWC Spring 2020 Virtual, during COVID-19 to prevent pressure injury (PI) silicone foam dressings are being applied for PI prevention for pts in the prone position and thin, silicone foam dressings are being hand-cut for clinicians to place under PPE.
A plan for CVC line team implementation should be established for future healthcare emergencies including staffing, a dedicated line cart, recommendations on the optimal anatomic site and technique, as well as a method to track complications. J Vasc Surgv