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Living With Chronic Wounds
Currently EWMA is documenting experiences of living with chronic wounds. The objective is to produce a series of videos that will illustrate patients’ experiences and the various challenges and approaches to wound management experienced and undertaken by wound care professionals and their organisations.
EWMA aims to provide an overview of wounds that are considered atypical. EWMA focuses on the challenges for clinicians and/or patients in terms of prevention, treatment and organizational perspective and presents the best available treatments at the moment.
Advanced Therapies in Wound Management
EWMA wish to investigate the barriers and possibilities of advanced therapies in the next generation wound management. As a primary deliverable EWMA will develop a document including an introduction to available advanced technologies.
Surgical Site Infections
EWMA is currently working on a document on the prevention and management of surgical site infections (SSI) in hospitals as well as community based health care settings. The document will be developed by an interdisciplinary author group.
Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme
EWMA is introducing a tailored stewardship concept to wound care practitioners. 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.
Joint EPUAP & EWMA PU Prevention & Patient Safety Advocacy Project
The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and EWMA have agreed to initiate a joint European advocacy project. The work is partly inspired by the EWMA collaboration from 2012-2015 with the Eucomed Advanced Wound Care Sector group (AWCS) in relation to the EU Joint Action on Patient Safety and Quality of Care (PaSQ).
Oxygen Therapies Guidance Document
The EWMA Oxygen Therapies Guidance document will provide practice-oriented guidance on the current use of various forms of oxygen therapies for wound treatment.
Wound centre endorsements
EWMA is currently developing and testing a wound centre endorsement programme, aiming to support the development of high quality and multidisciplinary wound centres as well as increased knowledge sharing and collaboration between existing wound centres around the world.
Document on the management of patients with venous leg ulcers
EWMA and Wounds Australia have developed this document, aiming to highlight some of the barriers and facilitators related to implementation of VLU guidelines as well as provide clinical practice statements to overcome these and “fill the gaps” currently not covered by the majority of available guidelines.
NPWT Guidance Document
Since EWMA published a Position Document on “Topical Negative Pressure in Wound Management” in 2007, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) has developed considerably. On this background, EWMA is developing a guidance document, which will focus on a wide array of factors influencing the organisation and use of NPWT.
Post-Graduate Nurse Wound Curriculum
EWMA is working on a European curriculum for post graduate nurses, with the objective to support more standardised content in post graduate nurse education on wound management.
The SWAN iCare consortium aims to develop a conceptually new therapy system equipped with information and communication technologies. EWMA is partner in this EU FP7 consortium and will contribute amongst other things by bringing the perspective of the patient and end users into the device development process.
Wound Survey Germany
EWMA is currently conducting a "Cost of Wound Care Survey" in Germany. Results from this survey are expected to be ready in 2016. The survey will identify the number and type of wounds as well as treatment regimes and will provide an estimate of the amount of clinician time and inpatient bed-days directly attributable to wound care at an organisational level.