With wounds being one of the more common reasons for prescribing antibiotics, EWMA believes that it is incumbent upon the organisation to play in active role in combatting the overuse of antibiotics. This is why EWMA since 2013 has had AMR at top of its agenda, and initiated a range of activities targeted at raising awareness about the prudent use of antibiotics in wound care, which largely means following the principles of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS).
An emerging concern, is the sustainable use of biocides such as antiseptics and other non-antibiotic agents, to ensure the preservation of this reserve. This is why, the next period of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme will also feature a focus on the appropriate use of biocides.
Recent activities aimed at raising awareness on antimicrobial stewardship in wound management.
- Adoption in the EU-JAMRAI library of stewardship guidelines and implementation tools under WP7 of the EWMA/BSAC position paper: Antimicrobial stewardship in wound care - A Position Paper from the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and European Wound Management Association
- Participation in EU-JAMRAI first annual meeting and workshop, Vienna, December 2018
- Participation in EU-JAMRAI kick-off meeting and workshop, Paris, 2018
- Adoption as stakeholder in the European Joint Action on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections (EU-JAMRAI)
- EWMA 2018 Krakow - Joint EWMA/BSAC symposium
- Federation of Infection Societies Annual Conference 2017, Birmingham, Joint EWMA/BSAC AMS symposium
- EWMA 2017 Amsterdam - Joint EWMA/BSAC AMS symposium
- EWMA 2016 Bremen - Joint EWMA/BSAC AMS symposium
- EWMA 2015 London - Joint EWMA/BSAC AMS symposium