EWMA has published several documents on wound care related topics.
All documents are available for free download and online reading below.
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EWMA Position Documents (2002-2008) Click here
Surgical Site Infections
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.
Wound Curriculum for Nurses: Post-registration Qualification Wound Management. European Qualification Framework Level 6
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.
Advanced Therapies in Wound Management
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.
Wound Curriculum for Nurses: Post-registration Qualification Wound Management. European Qualification Framework Level 5
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.
Use of Oxygen Therapies in Wound Healing: Focus on Topical and Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
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.
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Overview, Challenges and Perspectives
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.
Antimicrobial stewardship in woundcare
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.
Reporting standards of studies and papers on the prevention and management of foot ulcers in diabetes
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".
Management of patients with Venous Leg Ulcers - Challenges and Current Best Practice
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.
eHealth in Wound Care - From conception to implementation
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.
EWMA Study Recommendations - For clinical investigations in leg ulcers and wound care
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.
EWMA Home Care-Wound Care - Overview. Challenges. Perspectives
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.
Managing Wounds as a Team
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
Antimicrobials and Non-healing Wounds Evidence, Controversies and suggestions
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.
EWMA Document: Debridement
Provides an updated overview of the debridement options and offer a clarification of the principal role of debridement within wound management.
EWMA Document on evidence and outcome measures
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.
Curriculum for Physicians
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.
EWMA Collaboration with the Journal of Wound Care
Since 2010 EWMA has collaborated with the Journal of Wound Care (JWC) on publication of the EWMA documents.
All EWMA Documents are available for download from the JWC website as well as the EWMA website. The documents are available free of charge.
If you wish to submit an article for the Journal of Wound Care, please download their author guidelines.