EWMA Presidency Focus & Objectives (2017-2019)
By Sue Bale
Over the years, EWMA has developed a strong brand and a position to potentially influence wound management practice and education. During the next two years, I would like to further develop this to include integration into everyday clinical practice and the systems that underpin it. This includes sup-porting the ongoing improvement in wound care for generic clinical staff, as well as specialist clinical staff.
EWMA will focus on:
1. Actively supporting high quality and standardised wound management education across Europe to support the empowerment of the various groups of specialists involved in wound healing.
- EWMA will continue the work to finalise standard curricula for physicians and nurs-es and support their dissemination and implementation via collaboration with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).
- EWMA will strengthen the efforts to develop educational materials for use in wound management education offered by teaching institutions across Europe as well as clinical settings in primary and secondary care.
2. Implementing good wound management practice by increasing the support of front line staff en-gaged in wound management, and by supporting the establishment of interdisciplinary teams in wound management.
- EWMA will use existing systems for improving care and work to integrate wound management guidelines into these systems. E.g. use of reporting measures pre-sented by the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI). This will include making direct links with IHI to explore areas of mutual benefit.
- EWMA will work with IHI to develop care bundle programmes for wound aetiolo-gies not yet defined in care bundles.
- EWMA will continue to support the implementation of guidelines, e.g. by use of available innovative approaches such as training via virtual reality, taking the health care professional through different clinical practice situations.
- EWMA will continue to use existing channels and networks to raise awareness of current challenges and the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration with regards to solving some of these challenges.
3. Further developing the collaboration between international wound management associations to maximise the impact of the work undertaken by these organisations.
- EWMA will continue to use the annual EWMA Conference as a hub for meetings with partner organisations around the world, with the objective to share experi-ences and define strategies for addressing common challenges related to wound management.
- EWMA will continue to collaborate with international partner organisations on joint publications or projects addressing common challenges.
4. Continuing to actively promote antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes in wound manage-ment with the objective to support prudent use of antimicrobials.
- EWMA will continue to pursue collaboration with relevant organisations addressing the challenges related to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), with the objective to im-plement best practice conduct by health care professionals engaged in wound management.
- EWMA will work to create awareness about the need for an AMS approach to the AMR related challenges, and will pursue the engagement in relevant national and international activities supporting this.
- EWMA will publish articles and documents supporting this objective.