Learn. Watch. Do.

Biofilm-Based Wound Care: A Virtual Skills Workshop

A workshop on the principles of wound hygiene with virtual hands-on skills practice

Live Day: Friday, September 24, 2021  | 7:00AM – 3:50PM EDT

Free On-Demand Access Available to Registrants for 2-weeks: September 24  October 8


Available in 8 Languages and 3 Global Time Zones

中文 (简化字) • Español • Italiano • Português • Français • Deutsch • Polski • English 

“What will I learn at the workshop?”

Biofilm-Based Wound Care: A Virtual Hands-On Skills Event








About Biofilm-Based Wound Care: A Virtual Skills Workshop

Our workshop is both virtual and hands on. With a focus on applying tomorrow what you learn today, this unique experience enables you to learn the theory, watch the skills in action, and then do it yourself.

Based on the International Consensus Guideline, “Defying Hard to Heal Wounds with an Early Antibiofilm Intervention Strategy: Wound Hygiene,” this interactive workshop reviews the 4 essential steps in addressing wound bioburden:
1. Cleanse,
2. Debride,
3. Refashion, and
4. Dress.

Learn. Watch. Do.

Don’t let the word “virtual” fool you. Your participation in this online event is uniquely HANDS-ON. You’re going to get involved and build serious muscle memory by taking your newly learned first-hand knowledge and translating it into real-world application.

Watch live cadaveric demonstrations from the anatomy lab, and practice what you learned in your own home or office “lab” for hands-on skills performance with step-by-step instruction during the workshop. 


NEW Language and Time Zone Options

Experience the Workshop in Your Language and Time Zone

Choose your language and time zone as soon as you enter the event. Watch the video to view how you can customize your language and time zone. 

中文 (简化字) • Español • Italiano • Português • Français • Deutsch • Polski • English

Join Sessions in 8 Languages and 3 Global Time Zones

In our global auditorium, you can attend sessions in your time zone and language. Sessions will be available in:

中文 (简化字) • Español • Italiano • Português • Français • Deutsch • Polski • English

What’s in Store for Your One-Day, Hands-On Experience…


7:00AM – 8:15AM EDT

Satellite Symposium: Wound Hygiene Explained by the Founders: How This Simple 4-Step Protocol is Changing Treatment of Hard-to-Heal Wounds

Speakers: Leanne Atkin, PhD, MHSc, RGN, Júlia Černohorská, MD, PhD, Melina Vega de Ceniga, MD, and Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWS

Sponsored by ConvaTec (non-accredited)

Even though biofilm has been widely understood as the primary cause of stalled or delayed wound healing, too many clinicians wait for overt signs of infection, delayed healing or other complications before intervening. That practice is changing with the recent development by an international expert advisory board of a four-step wound hygiene protocol.

Just as we practice basic hygiene every day by washing our hands, brushing our teeth and bathing, we should likewise apply basic hygiene to wounds by cleansing the wound, debriding it, refashioning the wound edges and appropriately dressing the wound.

This session aims to expand your knowledge about and build your confidence in implementing this four-step wound hygiene protocol on a regular basis, with the ultimate goal of effecting widespread change in clinical practice.


8:25AM - 9:25AM EDT

Session 1: Getting Off to a Great Start: Wound Cleansing

Instructor: Cathy Milne, APRN, MSN, ANP/ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP

Based on the first step of the wound hygiene protocol, this session reviews the often-overlooked step of wound cleansing. Review the evidence and learn to select the “what, how and why” of wound cleansing. You will be able to practice these skills during a Skills Practice portion of the session.

• 30-Minute Didactic Lecture
• 15-Minute Demonstration
• 15-Minute Skills Practice including Q&A with the Experts


9:25AM – 9:35AM EDT



9:35AM - 10:15AM EDT

Session 2: Key to Success: Debridement – Part 1

Instructor: Jayesh Shah, MD, MHA

Did you know that wounds heal faster when skilled clinician uses sharp debridement? Understand the importance of the removal of necrotic tissue, slough, debris and biofilm by various debridement methods as you learn about this essential component of the wound hygiene protocol. Get familiar with all the tools that can be used to debride wounds. Review the evidence and learn how to debride during live cadaveric demonstration using the different methods of debridement. Also, learn about documentation requirements and coding for debridement procedures.

• 40-Minute Didactic Lecture


10:15AM – 10:25AM EDT



10:25AM - 11:45AM EDT

Session 2: Key to Success: Debridement – Part 2

Instructor: Jayesh Shah, MD, MHA

• 35-Minute Demonstration
• 45-Minute Skills Practice including Q&A with the Experts


11:45AM – 12:10PM EDT

 Lunch Break


12:10PM – 1:10PM EDT

Session 3: Create the Path for Cells to Move: Refashioning the Wound Edges

Instructor: Jayesh Shah, MD, MHA

Learn how to remove necrotic, crusty and/or overhanging wound edges that may be harboring biofilm. Understand the difference between open and closed wound edges, as well as all the methods to facilitate epithelial migration, during a live cadaveric demonstration.

• 25-Minute Didactic Lecture
• 10-Minute Demonstration
• 25-Minute Skills Practice including Q&A with the Experts


1:20PM – 2:05PM EDT

Satellite Symposium: MORE THAN SILVER™ — The Science and Evidence Behind Effective Biofilm Management in Hard-to-Heal Wounds

Speakers: Leanne Atkin, PhD, MHSc, RGN and  David Parsons, PhD, FRSC, CChem

Sponsored by ConvaTec (non-accredited)

Most, if not all, non-healing wounds contain biofilm — a network of bacteria that tenaciously clings to wounds and interrupts the healing process.[1,2] Biofilm management is vital to achieve better outcomes and reduce the disease burden.

Dr. David Parsons will outline the physical properties and role of biofilm, discussing how it develops and acts as a primary barrier to healing. He’ll then talk about the science behind and the development of MORE THAN SILVER™ technology, including the evidence for how well it performs against biofilm.

Dr. Leanne Atkin will demonstrate the benefits of implementing wound hygiene in your daily wound management practice.


1. Schultz G, Bjarnsholt T, James GA, et al. Consensus guidelines for the identification and treatment of biofilms in chronic nonhealing wounds. Wound Repair Regen. 2017;25(5):744-757. https://doi.org/10.1111/wrr.12590
2. Malone M, Swanson T. Biofilm-based wound care: the importance of debridement in biofilm treatment strategies. Br J Community Nurs. 2017;22(Sup6):S20-S25.

2:05PM – 2:15PM EDT



2:15PM – 3:30PM EDT

Session 4: Dress – The Finishing Touches: Dressing the Wound as an Antibiofilm Strategy

Instructor: Cathy Milne, APRN, MSN, ANP/ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP

The last step of wound hygiene is no less important than the others. This session will review the common dressing categories as an antibiofilm strategy. The didactic portion discusses a variety of issues raised in the literature, while the skills session allows the participant to practice clinical tips and timesavers that can be applied to the wound in need of an early antibiofilm strategy.

• 30-Minute Didactic Lecture
• 15-Minute Demonstration
• 30-Minute Skills Practice including Q&A with the Experts


3:30PM – 3:50PM EDT

Closing Remarks

Presented by: David Shepherd, President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Advanced Wound Care

About the Presenter:

David joined ConvaTec in November 2018. He was previously at Johnson and Johnson for 26 years, where he held a variety of sales, marketing, strategic and operations roles.

Most recently David was the Vice President, Southern EMEA with responsibility for 15 businesses across the region.  Prior to that he was the US President for Cardiovascular and Speciality Services.

David holds a Diploma in Marketing and a BSc in Management Science from the University of Lancaster.

Participants will leave this 1-day course confident in their ability to:

Discuss the 4 components of an evidence-based early antibiofilm international guideline

Perform early antibiofilm-based intervention strategies utilizing the principles of wound hygiene

Integrate strategies that adopt early antibiofilm intervention into clinical practice

Discuss the 4 components of an evidence-based early antibiofilm international guideline

Perform early antibiofilm-based intervention strategies utilizing the principles of wound hygiene

Integrate strategies that adopt early antibiofilm intervention into clinical practice

The Experts on Hand for Your Hands-on Skills Event…


Connecticut Clinical Nursing Associates, Bristol, Connecticut

Sessions: Cleanse; Topical Management

Cathy Milne is an Advanced Practice Nurse with deep experience in managing patients across the continuum. A clinical support team member at WoundReference.com, she conducts clinical research as well as lectures both nationally and internationally. Most recently Ms. Milne served as a Nurse Board Member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and has Clinical Professor responsibilities at the Yale School of Nursing.

Jayesh Shah, MD, MHA

President, South Texas Wound Associates, PA;
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine, UT Health; Associate Professor, University of the Incarnate, Word Osteopathic School, San Antonio, Texas

Sessions: Debridement; Edge Management or Maintenance

Dr. Shah is the President of South Texas Wound Associates, where he has provided clinical wound care services in San Antonio for 22 years. Dr. Shah is also President of TIMEO2 Healing Concepts, LLC, which provides consulting and education services in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. He is the Medical Director of Wound Healing Center at Northeast Baptist Hospital, Co-Medical Director of Mission Trail Baptist Wound Healing Center in San Antonio, Texas, current President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, and current Board of Trustees Member of the Texas Medical Association.

Who Should Experience This Unique Hands-On Experience?

Health care professionals who want to experience the best of both worlds—current international guideline information on bioburden management AND the skill set to implement them at the bedside—including:

  • Nurses
  • Podiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Physical therapists
  • Educators
  • Wound care teams

By developing hands-on skills in real time, you will gain an increased confidence in translating evidence-based recommendations to their patients’ bedside. This workshop is designed for health care professionals at all levels of wound care practice—from novice to expert.

About WoundCon…

WoundCon is the first and largest global, virtual wound care conference. WoundCon brings together health care professionals from all care settings to learn practical strategies that can immediately be put into practice based on the latest scientific evidence and innovations in wound care. 

WoundCon Virtual Event Attendee Testimonials

“I think the event has been very informative and well presented. I enjoy that there is a mixed discipline of presentations with varying perspectives. Thank you very much for putting together such an amazing conference.”

“I am so glad that we have this technology to be able to attend conferences like this from our homes.”

“Congratulations! The virtual seminar is awesome. I just visited all of the exhibits and sent a thank you message to every exhibitor that had their live chat turned on.”

“This is my first experience with any wound care conference and I am already learning so much. The interactive tools are well done and very helpful. Thank you!”

“I am absolutely loving it, thank you so much for facilitating this! I am relatively new to the health care field and was very excited for the opportunity to attend your conference.”

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We are recommending those interested in this one-day event register early as enrollment is being limited in order to assure all participants receive the attention needed to achieve personal comfort in skill performance.

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