Wound infection is an unfortunate complication that affects many patients worldwide. Control of wound infection today relies largely on antibiotics, but the continual emergence of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms threatens a return to the pre-antibiotic era where antiseptics were used to prevent and manage infection. The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) in partnership with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) have developed and published a free on line module exploring Anti microbial Stewardship (AMS)in wound management for all health care professionals. Similarly there are a range of guidance and policy documents that have been developed to improve outcomes and aim to reduce wound infection including publications from the International Wound Infection Institute. Guidance for SSI management is common for hospitalised patients yet there is little for those being cared for in the home environment. This session will explore resources and documents available for Health Care Professionals to ensure prevention and management techniques are evidence based and effective.
By the end of the session participants will be able to:
Professor Karen Ousey, Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, University of Huddersfield