The EWMA 2018 conference will focus on the importance of improved and continued education of physicians, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals engaged in wound management.
Wound care technologies are rapidly developing offering new treatment options, which should be used when proven costeffective and beneficial to the patients. The development further stresses the importance of up-to-date and continued education in an interdisciplinary environment. The technological and educational aspects are two important elements of seeking and expanding the new frontiers in wound management.
The EWMA conference will be held in Poland for the first time. It will take place in the historical city of Krakow. With its long history of intellectual heritage and modern dynamic development, Krakow offers the ideal venue for the EWMA 2018 conference to gather the European and international wound management communities with the common goal of improving the care of wound patients.
EWMA 2018 includes a mixture of new topics that are important to the European wound community, in addition to topics that have had enormous appeal during previous EWMA conferences. The sessions deal with advancement of education and research in relation to epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, prevention and management of wounds.
The key sessions to be held at the conference are:
The conference includes a number of different streams, workshops and focus sessions. The streams include burns, diabetic foot, infection prevention and control (IPC), including antimicrobial stewardship and surgical site infection, and revascularisation. There will also be workshops on managing wounds after discharge, which is a discussion session with case studies; debridement; eczema in leg ulcer patients; core outcome sets and diabetic foot assessment, offloading and footwear.
Attendees can also learn the basics of reading a scientific paper, and find out new ideas on patient repositioning and the properties of the patient-support surfaces used.
The conference offers high level scientific presentations, networking activities and an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences with international colleagues. Attendees at EWMA 2018 can gain new knowledge and best practice about the most recent research and treatment in wound management.
In a survey carried out by organisers, 91% of the participants at EWMA 2017 said that they could use the knowledge gained, in their daily practice.
The chance to meet peer researchers and clinicians from all over the world meant that 97% of the participants networked professionally with the other participants. The survey showed that 90% of participants stated the programme offered them new knowledge, with the ability to attend high-level key sessions, free paper sessions, hands-on workshops, focus sessions and guest sessions hosted by other medical societies.
The gathering of industry professionals meant that 94% of participants felt that attending the exhibition was relevant to their work, as they could meet with suppliers and exchange experiences about wound care products and technology.