Robert Snyder, DPM, MSc, President of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) led discussion on next generation diagnostics in wound care today in Vienna, Austria. “The fact of the matter is that we can't manage what we can't measure”, noted Dr. Armstrong. “What is particularly exciting is we are seeing the first-ever point of care wound diagnostics to help direct therapy.” Dr. Snyder, who serves as Professor and Director of Clinical Research at Barry University College of Podiatric Medicine, went further “What we're talking about is nothing short of a fundamental change in how we assess wounds in our patients. Our current methods are based on thousands of years of experience by clinicians– but they are subjective. We need to make this objective. That's what's happening.” This session proceeded the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) symposium, which begins tomorrow.
Photo caption (from L): Drs. Snyder and Armstrong during a break in the Vienna conference.