European Wound Management Association (EWMA 2017) - Change, opportunities and challenges – wound management in changing healthcare systems

National healthcare systems in Europe are continuously changing, reorganising and adapting to respond to changing
demographics and budget restrictions. This sets the context in which wound healing and wound carers must navigate to
provide the best possible treatment for the individual patient. At the same time technology is rapidly developing, providing new methods and means of treatment and organisation.

The 27th EWMA conference will have its focus on the changes, opportunities and challenges provided by these continuous processes for wound management across Europe and beyond.


EWMA 2017 includes a mixture of new topics which 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.

Programme highlights - key sessions

The key sessions this year cover EWMA focus areas including:

  • surgical site infections
  • regenerative medicine
  • scar tissues
  • healing wounds, saving limbs - management of arterial ulcers
  • economy and standards
  • diabetic foot
  • infection and microbiology
  • complex health issues in the elderl
  • psychological impact of chronic illness.

EWMA streams

The full-day streams are particularly popular among EWMA conference delegates, as they foster more in-depth discussions.

Planned streams for EWMA 2017 are:

  • basic science
  • diabetic foot / podiatry
  • antimicrobials.


A number of workshops will be offered at EWMA 2017. The workshops are typically held in a smaller setting than key sessions and free paper sessions.

The workshops are:

  • 3D printing
  • oncological wounds - focus on breast cancer
  • wound debridement
  • care of burn patients who are not hospitalized
  • advanced wound care
  • Eczema in leg ulcer patients
  • offloading
  • maggot therapy
  • infection and wound care
  • positioning patients with pressure ulcers
  • self-care
  • compression
  • diabetic foot screening
  • how to read a paper - critics and feedback.

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Why attend the conference?

Attend EWMA 2017 to:

  • Gain new knowledge and best practice about the most recent research and treatment in wound management. 91% of the participants at EWMA 2016 said that they could use the knowledge gained in their daily practice.
  • Meet peer researchers and clinicians from all over the world. 96% of the participants at EWMA 2016 networked professionally with the other participants.
  • Attend high level key sessions, free paper sessions, hands-on workshops, focus sessions and guest session hosted by other medical societies offering new knowledge. 89% of participants stated that the programme offered new knowledge.
  • Meet with suppliers and exchange experiences about wound care products and technology. 95% of participants felt that attending the exhibition was relevant to their work.

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam!

More information

Stay updated by visiting the conference website,, where information about registration and programme is available. You can also get your updates on EWMA's social media platforms.

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