Wound Care – Complex Abdominal Wall Wounds and Fistulas

Program description

Complex abdominal wall wounds present multiple challenges to clinicians regarding operative management, long-term care, and maximization of functional outcomes for the patient. Although there is no single universally accepted definition, the term complex wound generally describes wounds that may anatomically involve multiple tissues, often develop after devastating injuries, and frequently do not heal in a timely manner or fail to heal completely. Comorbidities are common and often multiple. Complete healing often requires the use of advanced wound care techniques, technologies and/or products. Educating clinicians regarding best practices for treatment and management of complex abdominal wall wounds and fistulas across a variety of care settings will yield improved patient care and better patient outcomes.

This enduring material activity was recorded on December 16th, 2020, at the HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center as an update to a presentation given at a November 18, 2020 SCWAC meeting.


Tom A. Wolvos, MS, MD, FACS. He practices general surgery, advanced wound care, and hyperbaric medicine at HonorHealth Scottsdale hospitals.

Target audience

This activity is intended for Wound Care Physicians, Surgeons/Plastic Surgeons, Residents, Nurses, NPs, Physical Therapists, Pharmacists, PAs.

Activity purpose

This activity is designed to educate providers and staff on the implementation of best practices for management of complex abdominal wall wounds and fistulas, incorporating the most up to date clinical guidelines and recent advances and technology.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  1. State foundational best practice for management of complex abdominal wounds and fistulas.
  2. List new technologies and advances in the treatment of complex abdominal wall wounds and fistulas.
  3. Describe application of the best practice for treatment and management of complex abdominal wall wounds and fistulas across a variety of care settings.

Accreditation, disclosures and credit

AMA Acknowledgment: This CME event is not supported by any commercial entity or joint partnership.  

Disclosure: Dr. Wolvos and all members of the planning committee have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA).  HonorHealth is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement: HonorHealth designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: 03/15/2021
Review Date: 03/15/2022
Expiration Date: 12/16/2023


This activity will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. To receive credit, participants are required to:

  1. Complete the pretest
  2. View the online activity
  3. Complete the post-test with a 70% passing rate
  4. Complete the CME evaluation

A transcript is available upon request by contacting the HonorHealth CME Office 30 days after completion (cme@honorhealth.com).

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  1. Complete the pre-test
  2. View the recording
  3. Complete the post-test and evaluation form