Abstract Information

The SAWC Spring/WHS 2018 abstract submission site is now closed.

Please note: All accepted oral/poster details for SAWC abstracts have been finalized, designated with poster/session numbers, and are now updated in the below links. Any edits to your abstracts will no longer be accepted at this time.

The list of accepted posters can be found HERE.

The list of accepted oral abstracts can be found HERE.

In order to better serve you, the SAWC Abstract Team has put together a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and detailed abstract submission guidelines.

Scheduled Poster Abstract Sessions

Posters must be set up between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Posters must be set up and ready no later than 8:00 p.m. Posters will remain up and available for viewing throughout the conference.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Posters are open from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Poster presenters are not required to be present.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Poster Gala is from 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Poster presenters should attend this entire event.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

             Posters are open from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
             Poster presenters are not required to be present.

Posters must be dismantled between the hours of 6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Posters should not be removed prior to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Any materials left in the poster area after 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2018 will be discarded by event staff, so please take your poster down in time.

SAWC Spring/WHS Poster Abstract Room Location

The entrance for SAWC posters will be located in Hall C1 located on the Exhibit Level of the Charlotte Conference Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Abstract Presenter Guidelines

Please carefully review the abstract submission guidelines, as there have been important changes in the process.


Mission Statement

The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) is committed to providing the highest level of clinical education and information for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, researchers, podiatrists, and dietitians involved in wound healing or wound care issues.

Important Note: Previously presented abstracts will no longer be automatically accepted for presentation at the upcoming meeting. All abstracts must be submitted through the abstract submission site and undergo the review process to be considered for presentation at the upcoming meeting.  

Abstract Content and Format

Please limit abstracts to a 250–300 word count; this does not include the title or the author block, which is entered in a different area of the submission system. Make sure your abstract does not include the author block or title, or it will not be reviewed. Additionally, please do not write your abstract in all capital letters or your submission will be rejected.

Abstracts are brief summaries of the overall goal of an offering and the specific ideas or concepts that will be presented, including outcomes and implications for practice. Abstracts essentially answer four questions:

  • What was the problem?
  • How did the author(s) solve it?
  • What was discovered?
  • What can be learned from the experience?

**Tip: Instead of stating that “results will be presented…” state the results.

  • The abstract title should adequately convey the content of the abstract and must not contain product trade names. Product trade names must also not be included in the body of the abstract.
  • If it is essential to the content of an abstract to mention a product trade name, discuss that product by its generic name followed by an asterisk or other appropriate mark (*, †, °), then list the trade name in the appropriate box BELOW the abstract box. For example:

Sample title: Bilayered Skin Substitute* and the Management of a Diabetic Foot Ulcer

Sample text: “…the practitioner then applied bilayered skin substitute* to the…”

Product notation: *Apligraf®, Organogenesis, Inc., Canton, Mass

  • Please do not include images or tables with your submission. They will be deleted and not included in any materials sent to the judges.
  • This is a blind-review process, so please make sure that neither author(s) name(s) nor facility affiliation(s) appear in the abstract body text. Additionally, please make sure to remove all patient identifying information including names, professions, and/or other personal attributes. Abstracts including this information will be docked points for this inclusion.
  • Before submission, the abstract should be checked for accuracy and completeness.
  • Submitted abstracts may ONLY be edited after contacting abstractsubmissions@naccme.com for permission.

Preferred Presentation Format

  • First, authors select whether they prefer “oral only,” “poster, if not accepted as oral presentation,” or “poster presentation only.” Please note, abstracts noted with a preference for “oral only” will not be given special consideration. If the abstract is not chosen for an oral presentation, the abstract will automatically be declined. 

Author and Affiliation Information

  • The authors in the author list should be listed in the order that they should appear in publications if the abstract is selected for presentation.
  • List the complete name including a full first name, middle initial, last name, and credentials for each author, as it should be listed in publication if the abstract is selected for presentation. 
  • Please do not include author institutions or contact information in the author list or body of the abstract. If you enter an author’s institution or contact information in the author list or abstract body, they will be removed.
  • An author’s name may appear on multiple abstracts, but if possible, they should appear exactly the same to assist with indexing of the abstracts.


  • References are optional but encouraged. Please limit references to the 10 most pertinent citations.

Abstract Title

  • The abstract title should adequately convey the content of the abstract and must not contain product trade names. Abstracts without titles or titles that identify the presenting institution, authors, or geographic area will be disqualified. 
  • Do not CAPITALIZE ALL LETTERS IN THE TITLE of the abstract. Capitalize the first letter of all major words in the title as well as prepositions, articles, and conjunctions of four letters or more.

Abstract Body

  • A clear communication of the clinical or laboratory research objective(s), study methods, and findings (interim or final) must be presented in the abstract.
  • The case series or complex case study abstract must include pertinent details of the situations encountered, materials/technology utilized, response progression, and outcomes achieved.
  • The information/educational report must communicate the purpose of the project in a clear and logical progression, which will allow the audience to understand usage or potential application of this material.
  • For all categories, the overall abstract subject matter is to be current and relevant to the SAWC audience. 
  • Please proofread carefully for factual and spelling errors. If published, the abstract will appear exactly as the abstract was submitted.
  • Please do not write your abstract all in capital letters.
  • The abstract needs to be free of any patient identification information including names, professions, and/or other personal attributes.

Primary Contact

All abstract communications (e.g., submission confirmation, notification of acceptance/rejection, poster set-up instructions/oral abstract session details, registration confirmation requests) will be sent to the primary contact. The designated primary contact may differ from the primary author of the abstract. In this case, the primary contact will be responsible for notifying all authors of important details and deadlines. Please save info@sawc.net to your address book so that you do not miss important correspondences. Additionally, the website will be updated with any important dates or instructions. We are not responsible for any emails that are not received due to misspellings, defunct email accounts, or emails blocked from info@sawc.net.

Review Process

  • To be accepted to present an oral or poster abstract during the upcoming SAWC Symposium, each proposed presentation must be described in an abstract. Each abstract will be blind-reviewed by judges who are experts in the field.
  • Please note: These abstracts are blind-reviewed by a panel of expert judges. However, they should not be considered "peer-reviewed." Please do not label them peer-reviewed in any capacity during the symposium or other unrelated instances.
  • Each abstract will be reviewed based on specific criteria for the category in which it is placed. Therefore, it is very important for the author to specify in which category the abstract should be entered. The 4 categories are: Clinical Research, Laboratory Research, Case Series/Study, and Information/Educational Report.

Specific Review Criteria by Category


  • Are the objective(s) stated clearly?
  • Are the materials and methods designed appropriately to answer the stated objective(s) (i.e., with correct procedures, appropriate statistical measures, and tools that have been tested for reliability and validity)?
  • Are the findings stated clearly with equal emphasis given to statistically significant and non-significant findings as well as equally to the major objective(s)?
  • Is the information current and are (potential) outcomes important and relevant to the target audience?
  • Was your research submitted to an IRB for review? If so, give the IRB’s name.


A minimum of 3 patients is necessary (unless the case is a multi-interventional or unique situation and/or a unique technology is being used). Case studies are appropriate for illustrating new uses of existing products, new products, adverse events, or unexpected results that are unusual or have the potential to stimulate new research or thought.

  • Is the case series description clear and reproducible?
  • Is there a level of complexity for this case series?
  • Is the case series utilizing a unique or new technology?
  • Is the case series new and current?


This category may include descriptions of wound care programs, quality improvement projects, educational tools, classification systems, treatment modalities, or products.

  • Is the project innovative, can it be broadly applied to other settings, and/or is it a new approach to looking at a problem? Are the primary aspects of the project, including background information, stated clearly in a logical progression that allows the reader to understand usage or potential application?
  • Are the project outcomes clearly stated and pertinent to this audience?
  • Is the information current, relevant, and potentially impactful for other clinicians’ practices?


  • Are the background information, objective(s), materials, and methods stated clearly and of importance and interest to this audience?
  • Is the study appropriately designed to answer the stated objective(s) (i.e., with correct procedures, appropriate statistical measures, and tools that have been tested for reliability and validity)?
  • Are objective results clearly stated with equal emphasis given to statistically significant and non-significant results as well as the major objective(s)?
  • Is the information current and are (potential) outcomes important and relevant to the target audience?

Oral Abstract Presentations

  • Oral abstracts will be 12 minutes long and followed by a 3-minute question-and-answer period.
  • Oral abstracts will be grouped into four 60-minute sessions:
    • 3 SAWC Oral Abstract sessions
    • 1 SAWC Young Investigator Oral Abstract

Presentations selected for our oral abstract presentation will be notified individually. Oral abstract presenters are also invited to present their abstract, in poster form, during the poster session if they desire. Notification of the intent to also present a poster must be sent to abstractsubmissions@naccme.com by the set deadline. 

SAWC Young Investigators Abstract Competition

Clinical and research residents, fellows, and early-career wound healing professionals are integral to our industry’s future. We are pleased to announce our revitalization of the SAWC Young Investigators Abstract Competition. As part of the 2017 SAWC Spring/WHS meeting, the Young Investigators Abstract Competition is the perfect way to highlight some of the best and the brightest new voices in wound healing, support their research, and encourage their teaching, clinical, and research careers. The SAWC Young Investigators Abstract Competition allows residents, fellows, advanced practice nursing students, or those individuals pursuing a doctorate program to submit their work in four different categories: clinical research, lab research, case studies, or educational reports.  Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of leading experts in wound healing. There is no cost to submit an abstract for consideration, and for the first time, authors will have a chance to win a full scholarship to SAWC Spring/WHS and the opportunity to present their work in a designated SAWC Young Investigators Symposia.

To qualify for the award, you must:

  • Be the first author of, and therefore make significant contributions to, the work.
  • Submit clinical or laboratory research that has not been previously published.
  • Be clinical or research residents, fellows, or advanced practice nursing students, or in the process of pursuing a doctorate program with less than 5 years in wound healing.
  • Attend SAWC and present the work.

Poster Abstract Presentations

  • Posters are typically displayed on 4' high x 8' wide bulletin boards. SAWC does not require your poster to be of specific dimensions.
  • Push pins will be provided. If you need additional mounting supplies, please bring them with you.
  • The distribution of product samples is prohibited.
  • Handouts and business cards may be distributed. Audio-visual equipment will not be available for poster presentations.

Note: There has been an increase in authors placing their posters on boards not assigned to them. Please carefully review your poster number online before the meeting and on meter boards that will be available onsite. If your poster is placed on a board not assigned to you, your poster will be discarded and marked as a no-show. 

Previously Presented/Published Information

Poster presentations that have been previously presented or published are eligible for submission as long as the previous publication/presentation is noted upon submission. All abstracts must be submitted again for the upcoming SAWC meeting, as previously presented abstracts will not be carried over.

Conversation with the Authors

Many attendees have expressed that they enjoy the opportunity to converse with poster authors. However, we also recognize that your time is valuable and attending all the poster sessions can be burdensome to your schedule. Therefore, we are requesting that all presenters be available to present their poster(s) during the SAWC Spring/WHS Poster Gala, held on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. You are, of course, more than welcome to be present at all poster sessions.

AAWC Research Poster Grand Rounds

The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) Research Poster Grand Rounds are walking sessions, where attendees assemble at one of several AAWC educational research posters, are given a brief lecture outlining the key points by one of the AAWC Research Committee members or a board member, and then escorted to view 2 to 3 specially selected and related posters that have been critiqued by AAWC’s Research Committee. Please consider submitting your wound research work for review and critique by the AAWC. Interested authors must check off the box in the poster abstract application. Selected posters will be contacted by the AAWC Ground Rounds committee approximately 1 month prior to the meeting.

AAWC will directly notify the individual identified as the contact person in the abstract submission via email of acceptance. This is what you can expect: 

  • The main contact person will be notified by email and asked to send a PPT or PDF copy of their research poster to a member of the Research Task Force subcommittee for peer review and critique. 
  • The research poster critique is not linked in any way to the poster awards – that is handled by a different committee.
  • The AAWC research poster critique process requires you to send a copy of your poster to a Research Task Force team member by a deadline set a few weeks before the SAWC conference. This is to give adequate time for the peer-review process. 
  • If we do not receive a copy of your poster by this date, we will not include it in our Research Poster Critique or consider it for inclusion in the Research Poster Walking Grand Rounds.
  • If we receive your poster by the deadline, members of our AAWC Research Task Force will review your poster following a research critique guide (a template is available online) and provide you with a written critique of your poster at the SAWC Conference. 
  • Your research poster will also be eligible for inclusion in a walking critique and review during the SAWC Research Poster Walking Grand Rounds.
  • During the Walking Grand Rounds, members of the AAWC Research Task Force will be walking with a group of conference attendees around the poster hall and reviewing selected posters, pointing out good examples of research poster compositions and some areas for improvement, if applicable. 

This exercise is completely educational and meant to be positive and constructive. The research investigator or poster author does not have to prepare in any way, but it is helpful (not required) if they can stand by their poster during walking rounds in case attendees have questions.

The educational research posters provide information on how to evaluate and improve methodology of wound research conducted using: the pre-experimental design, static group comparisons or cross-sectional designs, one group pre-test/post-test design including longitudinal time series and panel designs, quasi-experimental designs including pre-test/post-test nonequivalent group design, time series design, non-equivalent before-after design and information on how to present your clinical research/education in a poster presentation by providing examples of what not to present when developing an effective, methodologically rigorous poster for dissemination of your findings.


SAWC requires proof of pre-registration for all accepted poster presenters.

After registering, it is the designated primary contact’s responsibility to mark his/her intent to present through the abstract submissions site by providing the badge number of the registered representative. The badge number can be found on your registration confirmation.

Follow the instructions below:

  • Log in to your profile at http://submissions.sawc.net/.
  • Click the accept/decline link under the column “badge number” for your accepted abstract. See example below.

  • Select the registered representative’s name.
  • Enter the registered representative’s badge number.
  • Click submit.

Please note: It is not required for the first author to attend the meeting. A co-author, or any representative familiar with the work of the accepted abstract, may register. Primary authors do not have to notify SAWC of the change in presenter or if an alternate presenter is selected to represent the accepted abstract.

All accepted abstracts must be marked with intent to present and a valid Badge ID number. The deadline for this was February 9, 2018 by noon.

Poster Numbers

All accepted oral/poster abstracts have been designated with poster/session numbers and an eBlast has been sent out to all primary contacts via email.

No-Show Policy

On rare occasions, presenters scheduled to present their poster fail to show up and have not notified SAWC of their change in plans. When presenters do not appear to present their poster, the planning efforts of the Abstract Committee in providing a quality program are significantly diminished, there are significant cost implications, and the audience is unnecessarily disappointed with empty poster boards. SAWC staff will audit all posters for no-shows. SAWC will no longer consider future abstract contributions to the SAWC meetings by presenters who fail to appear.


Acceptance of the abstract by the review committee obligates the author to be present. If circumstances prevent attendance, the author must arrange for the poster to be presented by a substitute, preferably a co-author. If you wish to withdraw your abstract, you must submit your request in writing to abstractsubmissions@naccme.com, including the abstract title and first author. The deadline for withdrawal was by noon on February 9, 2018. Failure to comply will result in ineligibility for future SAWC meeting abstract submission processes as first author.


Expenses associated with the submission and presentation of an abstract are the responsibility of the presenter and may include hotel, travel, and meeting registration.

Future Abstract Submission Dates

The abstract submission site for the 10th annual SAWC Fall meeting at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada will open on Monday, April 9, 2018 and will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, June 18, 2018.


In order to better serve you, the SAWC Abstract Team has put together a list of frequently asked questions (FAQS) we are often asked by the abstract contacts/authors. Please review our FAQs and abstract guidelines before contacting the SAWC Abstract Team with questions. If there are questions not already answered in the guidelines or FAQs, please email abstractsubmissions@naccme.com.