The Final Event of 2010
On December 2nd the Welsh Wound Network held its final event of 2010 at the Dragon Hotel in Swansea. With 57 delegates present and 15 companies represented this was the largest event held by the Welsh Wound Network this year and marks the growing awareness of the WWN within the wound healing community.
Perhaps the key presentation at the Swansea meeting covered the new All Wales guidelines for the use of Faecal Management Systems (FMS). This guidance was formed through the active collaboration of tissue viability nurses, infection prevention nurses and continence care nurses across Wales. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from ConvaTec this initiative is believed to mark the first collaboration between all three groups of specialist nurses anywhere in the UK. The importance of this project is reinforced by the news that the new Chief Nurse in Wales has written the foreword to the document. Unfortunately Ann Yates (Director of Continence Services, Cardiff and Vale UHB) who was to have presented the new guidance fell victim to the weather conditions and was unable to attend. In her place Trudie Young (Bangor University and part of the guideline development.
In November 2010 the Welsh Wound Network attended the largest medical device trade fair worldwide - Medica held each year in Dusseldorf. This exhibition covers 17 halls and with an exhibition area of almost a quarter of a million square metres this is the major annual meeting point for medical device companies and offers an excellent opportunity for the Welsh Wound Network to meet both regular commercial contacts and new companies who may be interested in wound healing in Wales.
In early December further work was undertaken by a group working towards developing an International Standard for the laboratory assessment of active therapy support surfaces, a key element in pressure ulcer prevention. This group is chaired by the Welsh Wound Network and brings together researchers, clinicians and companies from Europe, Asia and North America.