Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), managed by Cleveland Clinic, inaugurated today the 3rd Abu Dhabi Wound Care Conference in Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi.
The focus of the conference was to promote wound care awareness and education on how to develop effective wound care programs and bring to the fore, wound care leaders and champions who can lead the adoption of effective policies and diabetic foot prevention programs for the benefit of all who specialize in wound care treatment. SKMC is part of the SEHA HealthSystem and is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The number of healthcare professionals who attended the conference exceeded 500 from the Middle East and other international organizations. The conference was accredited for seven hours of Continuous Medical Education (CME); and has included presentations on many aspects of Wound Care applications and procedures to provide a combined and diversified CME experience.
The objective of the conference was to promote a multi-professional approach to wound management and highlight the highest standards of wound management through education.
The discussion topics at the conference included wound care education, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcer, lower limb ulcers, wound related pain, acute traumatic wounds, endovascular treatment of diabetic feet and the most recent advanced technologies in wound care. Moreover, the wound care status in Kuwait, Qatar, South Africa and UAE was presented. Details about Abu Dhabi’s SKMC Diabetic Foot Prevention program and its Wound Care team were highlighted.
SKMC’s Chief Nursing Officer, Tarey Ray, said, “Our nursing team is pleased to organize for the healthcare community the Wound Care Conference for the third year. This conference gives the participants an opportunity to network with wound care specialists, to exchange data, and to benefit from high-level scientific evidence based practices.
The information will help them evaluate clinical practice, develop leaders in wound care and improve patient outcomes.” Christelle Du Plessis, Assistant Director of Nursing at SKMC stated, “The conference sets the stage to emphasize the many dynamic advances taking place in wound care.
We discussed the latest issues in wound management which were presented by our outstanding conference faculty. Since its inception back in 2008, this conference was been geared toward providing quality and evidence-based information so attendees can readily apply the �lessons learned’ to their own practice.
In addition, this conference provides excellent directive for those seeking to enhance their practice by incorporating multifaceted inter-professional wound management interventions. Our Internationally recognized professional faculty shared their own clinical cases and research, to stimulate new ideas for our most challenging wound care patients.”
Gulnaz Tariq, Wound Care Nurse at SKMC and one of the conference organizers stated, “Education opens the mind to inherit knowledge and put into action. Now with the help of SKMC, we rejoice the chance of having international approaches in wound care by providing a high class conference for all healthcare providers.”
Dr. Atul Mehta, Chief Medical Officer at SKMC stated, “SKMC supports research into all aspects of Wound Management and the prevention of Limb Loss in Diabetic population with a focus on providing the latest minimally invasive (endovascular) techniques for this purpose. Our Wound Care and Endocrinology teams have introduced diabetic foot prevention program more than twelve months ago where every patient with diabetes will be screened for risk of foot problems.”