Each track in the WFH Comprehensive Care Summit will feature content that will touch multiple topics, offering participants a diverse combination of discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary sessions. This “blended” format reflects the reality of care today: people with bleeding disorders (PWBDs) are cared for by a comprehensive team of caregivers who work across a range of fields.
The Summit will feature more than 25 educational sessions. Here are just a few you can look forward to taking part in this May.
Medical track highlights
The medical track will feature cutting edge research and the latest developments in the treatment of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
“Preventing joint bleeding sequelae” will look at blood induced intraarticular blood and tissue damage, current hemostasis management, the efficacy of interventions and the magnitude of prevention of progression or regression of articular damage
“Gene therapy” will contrast gene therapy for both hemophilia A and B, and will look at next generation vectors for hemophilia A and B, and next generation transgenes for hemophilia A. The session will also look at hemophilia treatment centre (HTC) preparedness for gene therapy, and registry planning.
“VWD” will look at prophylaxis for von Willebrand disease (VWD) patients, aging, angiodysplasia, and how the ASH ISTH NHF WFH 2021 guidelines on the diagnosis of von Willebrand disease can be applied in low-income settings
“How to manage hemostasis during major surgery” will explore the role of emicizumab in surgical prophylaxis, the results from prospective trials, the use of fitusiran in the management of hemostasis during major surgery, and factor replacement in low resource countries
Multidisciplinary track highlights
Multidisciplinary sessions will provide educational content from a multidisciplinary perspective, including the psychosocial specialist, dentist, nurse, physician, physiotherapist, community member, and patient points of view.
“Comprehensive care of aging” will cover the challenges of aging with a bleeding disorder, including the exploration of health promotion strategies, the use of support and encouragement to access the screening program, and the management of key aging conditions
“Comprehensive care models for women and girls with bleeding disorders (WGBD)” will look at what optimal care looks like for WGBD and why reclassification for hemophilia carriers is necessary for accurate diagnosis, care, and treatment
“Education for patients and families” will cover how education has been directly linked to better results for various illnesses, not only for the patient but also for the healthcare system
Musculoskeletal track highlights
These sessions will be devoted to the latest musculoskeletal trends and emerging techniques, and will appeal to MSK specialists, healthcare professionals, patients, and families.
“The art of treating synovitis” will look at both the chemical and radioactive approaches to treatment, the protocols for using platelet rich plasma and hyaluronic acid, and a risk/benefit analysis of surgical interventions for synovitis
“Musculoskeletal surgical procedures for patients with bleeding disorders” will explore major surgical interventions available to patients with a bleeding disorder, the use of emicizumab in MSK surgical procedures, and how to manage surgeries for patients with inhibitors
“Football (soccer) for patients with hemophilia” will explore physical activity from the perspective of the hematologist, psychologist, and physiotherapist
An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of the Summit.
The WFH Comprehensive Care Summit: New Developments in Bleeding Disorders & MSK will be co-hosted by the Fundación de la Hemofilia (The Hemophilia Foundation of Argentina). This global summit is open to all members of the international bleeding disorders community and will take place in-person from May 10 to 12, 2023. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Spanish and Portuguese for the multidisciplinary track and all plenary sessions. To find out more about the Summit, click here or contact the WFH at [email protected].
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