The Joint Session of EPUAP and EWMA is scheduled for Friday 5th May, 8.00-9.30.
The Joint EPUAP-EWMA PU prevention & patient safety advocacy project
The topic of patient safety has for some years been high on the European Commission health care agenda. At the EU level, as well as at the national levels of most European nations, considerable investments have been made by health care authorities to establish organisations and programmes addressing the patient safety agenda. Looking at the patient safety agenda from a wound care perspective, the topic of pressure ulcer (PU) prevention has always been central due to the fact that most PU’s are preventable if the patient is managed correctly by health care staff. Consequently both EPUAP and EWMA have separately, over some years, been advocating for the prevention of PU’s as a major health care and patient safety issue. This project brings together the combined efforts, skills and knowledge of both EWMA and EPUAP to work together in partnership in a combined effort to raise the awareness of pressure ulcers and patient safety in general, at the European level, as well as at the national level in selected European countries.
Objective of the session
The objective of this session is to provide the participants with a clear understanding of the joint EPUAP-EWMA PU prevention & patient safety advocacy project, in addition to inviting participant debate and discussion around the proposed actions.
Speakers and topics
• Background and context of the project: Speaker TBA
• Project aim and objectives: Speaker TBA
• Achievements thus far: Speaker TBA
• Next steps: Speaker TBA
About European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP):
The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel was created in London in December 1996 to lead and support all European countries in efforts to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. At its inaugural meeting
in London in December 1996, which included experts from many European countries, the group of over 20 delegates agreed on their mission statement and the initial Executive Board and Trustees. The
mission statement reads:
“To provide the relief of persons suffering from or at risk of pressure
ulcers, in particular through research and the education of the public
and by influencing pressure ulcer policy in all European countries
towards an adequate patient centred and cost effective pressure ulcer
Find more information about EPUAP on: www.epuap.org