EWMA Conference 2018

Key Sessions

Opening key session

Title: Krakow: New Frontiers in Wound Management

Title: Advanced Therapies in Wound Management

This session launches a new EWMA document on “Advanced Therapies in Wound Management”. The document present an overview of available technologies based on cellular therapies, tissue engineering and tissue substitutes (regenerative medicine), as well as new treatments based on physical therapies and the potential of sensors and software.
With this document, EWMA wish to describe the barriers and possibilities of advanced therapies, to provide health care professionals with a neutral and exhaustive source of information, and to provide a point of referral for future discussions and negotiations with health care providers and payers about the use of these therapies in clinical practice.

The document:

  • Provides an overview of the opportunities in this multi-faceted  and complex field
  • Reviews and discuss clinical experiences and the scientific evidence where this is available;
  • Provides recommendations for the adoption of advanced therapies in the different areas of wound management;
  • Discuss the role of policymakers, payers and legislators regarding the regulatory framework for Advanced Therapies in Europe.

  • The session will conclude with a presentation and discussion focusing on the future perspectives of advanced therapies in wound management.

Title: Leg Ulcers and Prevention of recurrence- current state of the art

Can one prevent a first leg ulcer? Who is most at risk of a venous leg ulcer?, what interventions are effective and suited to routine clinical practice; to critically appraise the current literature on evidence of effective interventions to prevent recurrence;

Title: Atypical wounds - tools for diagnostics and modern treatment

To present the existing knowledge of the pathophysiology, diagnostics and treatment for the most common atypical wounds.

Title: Information technology in wound care


The learning objectives of the key sessions are:

  • Knowing the benefit of e-Health for clinical wound care practice
  • Derive interventions for their own clinical practice

Title: When wound management meets the economic dimension

Rationale and aims of the session:
In a scenario characterized by the presence of many factors that drive the rise of healthcare expense, the economic sustainability of the European healthcare systems is under pressure. In this context, the economic dimension inevitably enters in the debate and may affect the choices of many stakeholders. The session analyses how policy makers, hospital administrators, and clinicians address the relationship between the economic dimension and wound management. From the debate between the speakers and the audience, we will try to define how to build a common ground between innovation, quality of care, hospital budget constraints, economic sustainability of the system.

Title:Wound diagnostics and assessment

Wound assessment is an essential procedure for finding a proper diagnosis, setting a relevant grade of ulcer and evaluation of the wound healing process. In multidisciplinary wound management we can apply many specific diagnostic figures and scoring tools, but sometimes the source of problems could be the multidisciplinarity and multiprofessionality themselves. The beginning of the key session is dedicated to identification of the main barriers for the use of standardized tools for appropriate wound assessment. Risk factors related to non-healing wounds are the next issue introduced during the meeting. The last part of the session in focused on practical usage of assessment tool for incontinence associated dermatitis. Finally, specific experiences of the attending participants will be discussed at the end of the programme.