These documents are expected to be published during 2023:
The project aims to outline best practice on the crucial elements in a successful management of wound pain.
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) and our knowledge about the efficacy of the treatment has evolved since EWMA published the NPWT document in 2017. In this new publication, we will describe the available NPWT technologies and applications and provide hands-on clinical guidance on the use of NPWT.
EWMA has published several documents on wound care related topics.
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This document achieves to outline a uniform and consistent approach to diagnosis and treatment of lower leg ulcers across Europe, taking into consideration the various structural differences.
The document reviews and highlighst the new technologies for surgical management of chronic wounds that made their way to the market.
The publication highlights the changes in knowledge regarding use of antimicrobials since 2013 and develops updated principles of antimicrobial stewardship, including an algorithm on how to prescribe antimicrobials in non-healing wounds.
This document sets out to understand the prevalence of various health and chronic illness risk factors among those with chronic wounds and how those factors influence healing. The work is organised in two parts.
This curriculum presents a framework and key content on skin integrity and wound care that is recommended for inclusion in student nurse curricula (general nurse education). With this curriculum, EWMA aims to provide a starting point for increased and standardised education in wound care.
This document aims at providing the latest techniques for managing and preventing birth related wounds and post-CS infection, introducing dressing choices and discussing potential pathways to identify the most appropriate treatment. Special focus will be on the need to train midwives and other health care professionals (HCPs) involved with the care of maternal wounds in early diagnostics, wound care techniques and dressing selection.
This document reviews the evidence on the use of person-centered care (PCC) in chronic wound care management and provide recommendations for practice and future research
Person-centered care is one approach to improve patient outcomes in wound care as it values patients' perspectives, beliefs and autonomy and considers the person as a whole within the cultural context in which care is provided.
This is the third curriculum in a series of wound curricula intended for use in levels 5–7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The aim of these is to support a common approach to post-registration qualification in wound management for nurses across Europe.
This document maps the SSI incidence, prevalence and high risk areas, based on published information and data available from SSI-registries. It presents the available modern techniques for prevention and treatment of surgical site infections and provides recommendations for SSI management and prevention in hospitals and community care.
This document provides an overview of recent knowledge and evidence about atypical wounds, defined as wounds that cannot be placed in the primary categories of non-healing wounds.
The document provides an overview about wounds considered atypical, and present the diagnostic criteria, comorbidities and diagnostic tools for these wounds. The document present the avaliable best documented treatment options and the various treament options of these wounds.
This is the second curriculum in a series of several curricula intended for use in levels 5–7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The aim of these is to support a common approach to post-registration qualification in wound management for nurses across Europe.
This document investigates the barriers and possibilities of advanced therapies in the next generation wound management. The document includes an introduction to the available technologies based on cellular therapies, tissue engineering and tissue substitutes, which are all technologies associated with the clinical discipline of regenerative medicine. The document also describes new treatments based on physical therapies and the potential of sensors and software.
This is the first curriculum in a series of several curricula intended for use in levels 5–7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The aim of these is to support a common approach to post-registration qualification in wound management for nurses across Europe.
This document aims at providing practice-oriented guidance on the current use of various forms of oxygen therapies for wound treatment. The document will include an overview of treatment options available and an assessment of the best available evidence for use. In addition, this document will detail specific aspects and current discussions connected with the use of oxygen in wound healing.
This document aims at providing an understanding of the implications of implementing NPWT as a treatment strategy in the health-care system as well as providing information and offer perspectives of NPWT from the viewpoints of health-care staff, policy makers, politicians, industry, patients and hospital administrators who are indirectly or directly involved in wound management.
This position paper is aimed at providing clinicians an understanding of: the basic principles of why AMS is important in caring for patients with infected wounds; who should be involved in AMS; and how to conduct AMS for patients with infected wounds.
In September 2016 the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology published the following paper written by members of the International Working Group of the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) in collaboration with EWMA:
"Reporting standards of studies and papers on the prevention and management of foot ulcers in diabetes: required details and markers of good quality".
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This document highlights some of the barriers and facilitators related to implementation of VLU guidelines and provides clinical practice statements to overcome these and “fill the gaps” currently not covered by the majority of available guidelines.
An introduction to terminology, a method for evaluation of eHealth solutions, an overview of available evidence, a discussion about the barriers and facilitators for the use of eHealth in wound care, and a road map for implementation in clinical practice.
In Spring 2014 EWMA developed a curriculum for physicians involved in wound care, with the aim to ensure that these physicians have a sufficient level of expertise within the area to provide efficient and safe treatment of their patients. The curriculum was submitted for adoption by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), and was successfully approved in April 2015.
Provides a clinical study guideline for the novice researcher working within wound care (leg ulcers), but the guideline may also be relevant for article reviewers, as educational material or a checklist for the experienced researcher.
Provides an overview of the main approaches to the organisation of wound care within home care settings across Europe. It also underlines the importance, scope, and level of the appropriate skills and gives recommendations for the interdisciplinary set-up necessary in order to provide safe, high-quality care for wound patients and support for their families.
The document provides a universal model for the adoption of a team approach to wound care. A Joint Position Document by AAWC, AWMA & EWMA in collaboration with IWGDF
The overall aim of this document is to highlight current knowledge regarding use of antimicrobials, particularly in non-healing wounds, to discuss what still is controversial and give suggestions for future actions.
Provides an updated overview of the debridement options and offer a clarification of the principal role of debridement within wound management.
Provides recommendations on the accepted level of rigour for studies in wound management and to develop a consistent and reproducible approach to define, evaluate and measure appropriate and adequate outcomes in RCTs as well as clinical studies.
EWMA Collaboration with the Journal of Wound Care
Between 2010-2021, all EWMA Documents were published as supplements to the Journal of Wound Care (JWC) From 2022, EWMA Documents are published as supplements to the Journal of Wound Management, the official journal of EWMA .
The EWMA Documents are available for download from the EWMA website. The documents are available free of charge.
If you wish to submit an article for the Journal of Wound Management (JOWM), please download the JOWM author guidelines.