EWMA Conference 2019, 5-7 June

Antimicrobial Stewardship in Wound Management

EWMA is continuously contributing to the EU’s commitment to face the challenges of antimicrobial resistance. A number of initiatives and publications have been successfully accomplished, and parallel to this, EWMA has been working on establishing contact and partnerships with organisations and groups that have mutual and synergistic objectives on the antimicrobial resistance agenda. We are pleased to have a long standing collaboration with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC).

The overall aim of the stewardship programme is to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics by promoting, facilitating and teaching the use of antibiotic alternatives in wound management across all healthcare settings. 

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Addressing the urgent need for antimicrobial stewardship in wound care

Given the societal value of antimicrobials and their diminishing effectiveness due to antimicrobial resistance, the WHO is now recommending member states to strengthen national stewardship. Still, there are currently no international or coordinated legislative or regulatory mandates designed to optimize the use of antimicrobials through stewardship.Antimicrobial stewardship programmes are increasingly advocated as a means to decrease misuse of antimicrobial agents. Along with infection prevention and control, hand hygiene and surveillance, antimicrobial stewardship is considered a key strategy in local and national programmes to prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and decrease preventable healthcare associated infection.On that background EWMA is now taking the lead and introducing a tailored stewardship concept to wound care practitioners.