Development and publication of a document reviewing current non-antibiotic antimicrobial technologies for wound management including antiseptic agents, antimicrobial dressings and devices.· Establishment of expert consensus on key elements of evidence-based best practice infection control measures
The aim is to qualify the participants to influence the use of antimicrobial agents and devices. This is achieved by providing concrete tools and ideas that supports the healthcare team approach to antimicrobial stewardship in daily practice.
- Online training module on antimicrobial stewardship in wound care
- Dedicated symposia at upcoming EWMA conferences
- Regional symposia on antimicrobial stewardship in collaboration with EWMA Cooperating Organisations an International Partner Organisation
- EWMA’s EU advocacy activities
Programme Target Group: Health professionals involved with wound care - doctors, nurses, pharmacists, microbiologists a.o. Policy makers, such as clinical administrators or managers at local, regional or national level. Focus is on the health professional’s role in the area of appropriate use of antimicrobials across all health care settings.
Joint BSAC/EWMA Symposiums on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Wound Care
3 - 5 May during the EWMA 2017 conference in Amsterdam
I 2017 a joint symposium was held between EWMA and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. The symposium was organised into two sessions. The first focused specifically on wound care issues and the second concerned antimicrobial stewardship programmes. The following topics were discussed:
- Non-antibiotic antimicrobial interventions in wound care: agents, resistance and beyond!
- Non-antibiotic alternatives in clinical practice
- What can we learn from national approaches to AMS
- Euregional AMS strategy: an integrated stewardship model: antimicrobial, infection prevention and diagnostics (AID)
- UK strategy for combating resistance.
Rose Cooper, Professor of Microbiology, and representing BSAC, has published a meeting report in Wounds International. The article is avaliable for free download here: http://www.wintjournal.com/journal-content/view/meeting-report-antimicrobial-stewardship-in-wound-management
Thursday 11 May, during the EWMA 2016 Conference in Bremen
Also in 2016 EWMA joined forces with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy for an educational event encompassing the following topics:
- Biofilm formation and the role of bacterial biofilm in chronic wounds
- Defining antimicrobial stewardship in wound management
- Presentation of the BSAC/EWMA Position paper on antimicrobial stewardship in wound management
- Primary prevention and antimicrobial alternatives in wound management
- The nurse’s role in antibiotic stewardship.