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Managing Wounds As a Team - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Wound Management

The session was held jointly with the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC, USA) and the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA).

The session represented a continuation of the joint Position Document 'Managing Wounds As a Team' published by AAWC, AWMA, and EWMA with the primary aim of providing a model for the adoption of an interdisciplinary approach to wound care.

AAWC, AWMA, and EWMA believe in an interdisciplinary approach to wound care. At its essence is the belief that no one professional has all the skills required to meet the complex needs of patients with wounds, thus consultation with other members of the interdisciplinary team remains central.
Interdisciplinary teams are widely recommended in international prevention and treatment guidelines, but although health care systems often espouse interdisciplinarity the reality can be very different. In many cases, members of the team do not communicate effectively and are often driven by different and sometimes conflicting goals. Clearly, failure to utilise the interdisciplinary team places the patient at increased risk of delayed wound healing and development of the associated complications that may arise.

Objectives:

  • To explore the activities of AAWC, AWMA, and EWMA in driving forward the agenda for a multidisciplinary approach to wound management.
  • To outline the clinical and economic impact of an inter-disciplinary team (IDT) working in wound management with real-life examples.
  • To debate the barriers and enablers for a functional IDT.
  • To suggest a strategy for enhancing the development of an IDT approach to wound management.

Speakers:

The session took place on Thursday 15 May from 16.55-17.55 in room N104.