The new way: A route to more effective infection management

Managing infected chronic wounds can be challenging. The expert panel will share their knowledge of understanding signs and symptoms of infection and details of a new pathway to help simplify diagnosis and management of infected wounds. The speakers will discuss:

  • Challenges of wound infection and insights collected through global research
  • Evidence supporting the need for a new infection management pathway  
  • Practical hints and tips for identifying signs and symptoms of infection
  • Real world case studies of the pathway in practice The website may contain information and discussion (including the promotion of) methods, procedures or products that may not be available in certain countries or regions, or may be available under various other trade or service marks, names or brands.

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Dr. Caroline Dowsett

Nurse Consultant
Tissue Viability UK

Clinical Nurse Specialist Tissue Viability East London NHS Foundation Trust London & Independent Nurse Consultant in Wound Care

Dr Caroline Dowsett, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip N, D.N, RGN, works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Tissue Viability for East London Foundation Trust where she is also the Clinical Lead for the leg ulcer service. Caroline also works globally as an Independent Nurse Consultant in Wound Care. She has worked in the field of wound care for over 25 years. Her main interests are in lower limb management, wound assessment and wound bed preparation, negative pressure wound therapy, quality improvement and service developments in wound care provision.

Caroline is an accredited Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) coach and has extensive experience of coaching teams and individuals in improvement strategies and methods to advance practice. Caroline was wound care nurse of the year in the UK in 1997 and 1999, winner of Wound UK award in 2007, and won a Queens Nursing Institute award for outstanding service to primary care in 2008. Her work on pressure ulcer prevention and management was the frontline submission for the ‘High Impact Actions; Your skin matters’ in 2010.

Caroline is on the editorial board for Wounds UK and has published widely in peer review journals. Caroline has taken part in several research projects and expert advisory boards. She lectures locally, nationally and internationally

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Dr. Kevin Woo

RN, BScN, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor,

School of Nursing,

School of Rehabilitation Therapy,

Queen's University,

Kingston ON Canada

Advanced Wound Consultant,

West Park Health Center, Toronto, Ontario

Kevin Woo is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University, School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation therapy in Kingston, Ontario. He teaches and provides supervision for both undergraduate and graduate students in the Healthcare Quality program, Aging and Health program, as well as the Nursing Science programs.  Kevin is an adjunct research professor at the Western University teaching for their Masters of Clinical Science in Wound Healing program.

He is recognized as a national expert in wound care and has served on a number of expert panels and advisory boards to develop the Best Practice recommendations. He received the Journal of Wound Care Best Diabetic Foot Ulcer Intervention Award in 2018 for his contribution to advance diabetic foot care and Journal of Wound Care Professional Education Award in 2017.  He is the Regional Director – North America of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP).  He is a member of the Education Committee of the Canadian Frailty Network.

A recipient of the Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation (2014-19) and the International Association for the Study of Pain Early Career Research Award (2012-13), Kevin has a range of research interests, including enhancing chronic disease self-management, developing quality benchmarks for wound management, and implementing best practices for difficult-to-heal wounds. He has authored or co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications, books, book chapters, white papers and proceedings. Kevin maintains his clinical expertise and functions as an Advanced Wound Consultant at the West Park Health Care Center, a specialized chronic care and rehabilitation hospital in Toronto.

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Dr. Alison Garten


Wound Care Panel Physician
Piedmont Medical Center: Tenet Health System

Dr. Alison J. Garten is Board Certified in Foot

Dr. Alison J. Garten is a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon and a Certified Pedorthist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and then completed her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Garten completed her residency at Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is a wound care panel physician at Tenet Hospital at Piedmont Medical Center. She also serves as a consultant advisor for several wound care companies and is a professional speaker who often is traveling to educate others on topics such as limb salvage and wound care management. She is immediate past president of the American Association for Women Podiatrists and serves on the American Podiatric Medical Education Task Force for the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. She is a past board member of the District of Columbia Board of Podiatry, a position appointed by the mayor. Dr. Garten was recently named one of the most influential podiatrists by Podiatry Management magazine.

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