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Burke Rehabilitation Center Hosts Inaugural Wound Healing Teaching Day

Released February 8, 2012

Richard Sgaglio
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Burke Rehabilitation Center Hosts Inaugural Wound Healing Teaching Day

WHITE PLAINS, NY – March 1, 2012 – The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has collaborated with the Montefiore Einstein Department of Family and Social Medicine and the Bronx-Westchester Academy of Family Physicians (BWAFP) to hold the inaugural Wound Healing Teaching Day on March 3.

Open to family physicians, family medicine residents, other primary care physicians, nurses, nurse educators and nurse manager, the teaching day is designed to give those who are key in preventing and treating chronic wounds the tools to properly recognize, diagnose and manage the treatment of patients with chronic wounds.

“Chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers are commonly encountered by physicians in both outpatient and inpatient settings,” said Sudhir Vaidya, M.D., teaching day course director and director of sports medicine and pain management at Burke. “Family physicians are keys to prevention, early recognition, treatment and comprehensive management of patients with these wounds.”

The full-day course will cover how to accurately diagnose pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers; apply compression dressings to non-ischemic leg ulcers; and provide leadership for improvement in wound care. Attendees will also learn how to create appropriate management plans for these common wound types.

"Chronic wounds represent a significant burden to patients, health care professionals, and the US health care system,” said Marie Spencer, Ph.D., R.N., CRRN, Burke’s chief nursing officer. “To effectively manage wounds, one must understand the normal healing process. Nurses must have an active role in the treatment and prevention of wounds. Those not treated properly can result in life-threatening infections and lead to diminished quality of life and debilitation.”

The teaching day starts at 8:30 a.m. on March 3 at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s Rosedale Room in the Billings Building, 785 Mamaroneck Ave., in White Plains. Complementary registration is provided to the first 50 registrants from Burke, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, family medicine residents, family medicine interest group students and BWAFP.

To register, send a $30 check written to BWAFP along with your name, address, phone number and email address to Gloria Negron, Secretary-Wound Healing Program, Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiori Hospital, 3335 Steuben Avenue, Bronx, NY 10467. Individuals may also register online. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Those who are granted complementary registration will have their checks returned at the end of the conference.

Those who attend can earn six AAFP-approved and (continuing education unit) CEU credits.

About Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ¬treatment, while research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological and pulmonary medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.

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