American Podiatric Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting

July 12–15, 2018
Washington, DC
Booth# 924

The APMA Annual Scientific Meeting is podiatry’s premier foot and ankle conference for podiatric physicians, assistants, and other health-care professionals from across the country and around the world. This is the must-attend meeting for every podiatrist, offering an unbeatable combination of benefits.

Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Spring Conference

April 25–29, 2018
Charlotte, NC
Booth #202

The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) features multidisciplinary wound care clinicians, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, researchers, scientists, podiatrists and dietitians – with the purpose to improve patient outcomes through education. Continuing education credits are offered for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, podiatrists, physical therapists, and dietitians.

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DxWound: A DNA-Based Assessment of the Wound Microbial Environment

Webinar Overview
Date: Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
Time: 10 AM PT / 1PM ET
Duration: 1 hour

Managing wound complications such as skin and soft tissue infections is a well-known challenge for clinicians.  Multiple interventions are typically required for optimal outcomes, and initiating the appropriate antimicrobial therapy for SSTIs within the first 48 hours is key. This program highlights the burden of infected wounds on patients and the healthcare system, explains the significance of antibiotic failure, particularly early in the course of therapy, and describes how DxWound provides a rapid, comprehensive assessment of the wound microbial environment, thus helping clinicians rapidly target antimicrobial therapy.

Objectives: Upon completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the burden of infected wounds on patients and the healthcare system
  • Explain the significance of antibiotic failure, particularly early in the course of therapy
  • Describe how DxWound provides a rapid, comprehensive assessment of the wound microbial environment
  • Discuss how DxWound may help clinicians rapidly target antimicrobial therapy

Speakers: 

  • Sandy Estrada
    Pharm.D., BCPS (AQID)
    Lee Health
  • Brandon Adkins
    Pharm.D., MS, CSPI
    Millennium Health

New Study Explores Frequency of Butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) Deficiency in the United States

The study is the largest of its kind that examines BCHE genetic variants

SAN DIEGO – Nov. 2, 2017 – A new study explored the variations of the BCHE gene in ethnic groups in the United States. Patients with severe BChE deficiency have an increased risk of prolonged neuromuscular blockade and respiratory depression in response to succinylcholine, a neuromuscular blocking agent commonly used during surgery. A genetic test can predict the likelihood that a patient will have a BChE deficiency based on variations in the BCHE gene. In the study of 13,301 patients, 8 percent were predicted to have moderate BChE deficiency while 0.06 percent were predicted to have severe BChE deficiency. The study was conducted by CogenDx, the genetics brand of Millennium Health, LLC.

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Genomic Techniques in Wound Care

As it often the case with disruptive innovations, the pace of technological development may often outstrip the clinician end-users understanding of how to use this type of diagnostic information. For wound clinicians interested in learning how the recent genomic advances may benefit their patients, it is important to understand both the advantages and disadvantages these tests offer. When assessing the microbial jungle of the wound, your best bet is to know your tour guide.

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CogenDx Launches New Test to Help Clinicians Rapidly Determine Course of Therapy for Patients with Suspected Wound Infections

DxWound uses advanced genomic technology to offer a consolidated solution for wound care providers

SAN DIEGO – Oct. 3, 2017 – CogenDx, the genetics brand of Millennium Health, LLC, announced today the launch of its newest test offering, DxWound. The test uses DNA-based technology to provide accurate, sensitive detection of an array of microbes, including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, fungi, plus antibiotic resistance genes. Results from the tests equip clinicians to rapidly and accurately identify potential pathogens causing infections and select antibiotics with greater likelihood for efficacy.

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Treatment of Day Surgery Patients with Multiple Injectable Opioids is Associated with Increased Hospital Charges and a Higher Likelihood of 30-Day Readmission

The abstract and poster will be displayed at PAINWeek in Las Vegas from Sept. 5-9 and will be discussed in a presentation on Sept. 8.

SAN DIEGO – Sept. 6, 2017 A new study examined the frequency of day surgery patients who were treated with multiple injectable opioids, and analyzed the economic burden associated with this treatment practice. The findings reveal that of 63,392 patients, 45 percent were treated with two or more different injectable opioids on the day of surgery. These patients were more likely to be readmitted within 30 days of surgery and had average hospital charges that were higher by $1,458 compared similar patients who weren’t treated in the same manner. The study was conducted by CogenDx, which offers genetic testing to identify how a patients’ genetic profile may impact his or her response to certain medications.

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It’s A Bacterial World. We’re Just Living In It.

In 2016, researchers overturned the long-standing belief that a person’s microbiome – the sum total of microbes living in and on our bodies – outnumbered human cells 10 to 1.1 Instead, it’s closer to a 1 to 1 ratio, they estimated. While it’s heartening to learn that we’re not outnumbered in our own skin, the tremendous ubiquity of bacteria, both on us and around us, underscores the notion that it’s really a bacterial world and we’re just living in it.

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New Study Finds Postoperative Respiratory Depression Associated with Increased Hospital Charges

A poster of this study will be displayed at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 22nd Annual International Meeting on Tuesday, May 23 from 8 am to 2 pm.

SAN DIEGO – May 23, 2017 – An abstract and poster presented by CogenDx, which offers genetic testing to identify how a patients’ genetic profile may impact his or her response to certain medications, details the results from a recent study into the occurrence of postoperative respiratory depression after inpatient surgery. The study of 17,727 patients found that 4 percent of patients undergoing inpatient surgery experienced postoperative respiratory depression, and the average hospital charges for these patients were $9,180 higher than similar patients who did not experience such respiratory depression.

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