Change, opportunities and challenges: wound management in changing healthcare systems
Wound Care Non-healing wounds require a systematic approach as well as the dedicated involvement of different medical specialties and professions, but internationally this remains a challenge to achieve.
Non-healing wounds are a significant problem for healthcare systems worldwide and typically account for 2-4% of healthcare budgets. These figures are expected to rise along with an increased elderly and diabetic population (1-2). However, many of the challenges and costs related to the management of chronic wounds may be reduced by the adoption of available guidelines and recommendations for the organisation of care which are already available.
The European Wound Management Association, EWMA, works continuously to improve the quality of life of patients with wounds and advocate use of high quality and cost effective treatments from a multidisciplinary point of view.
As a European umbrella organisation EWMA is an important player in European and international wound management. We use this position to actively address current challenges in wound management through our annual conference, publications, advocacy activities and support of wound management education.
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EWMA 2017 Conference, Amsterdam 3-5 May: www.ewma.org/ewma-conference/2017
Severin Läuchli, Priv.-Doz. Dr. med., Chief of Dermatologic Surgery, University Hospital Zürich, Department of Dermatology, Gloriastrasse 31, CH-8091 Zürich, Switzerland, President of the European Wound Management Association (EWMA)
- Posnett, J., et al., The resource impact of wounds on health-care providers in Europe. J Wound Care, 2009. 18(4): p. 154-161.
- Hjort, A. and F. Gottrup, Cost of wound treatment to increase significantly in Denmark over the next decade. J Wound Care, 2010. 19(5): p. 173-84.