Introducing Arab Health's Wound Care event

Supplier: Smart Tech
18 April, 2012

The Middle East Wound Care Conference will focus on the implementation, management, and evaluation of wound care programmes.

The conference will consist of four exclusive educational sessions, which will discuss in detail, the cost effectiveness, best practice, education and chronic care pertaining to wound care.

Diverse sessions have been designed to highlight the paramount challenges related to wound care.

The conference will include selected lectures by reputed regional and international wound care experts who will come together on one platform to provide a forum covering comprehensive wound management strategies.

The Daily Dose caught up with Emilio Galea, Head of Nursing Education at Al Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, to discuss the importance of this new conference.

Why should delegates attend the Wound Care conference?

The 1st Middle East Wound Care Conference has a different view from most of the other conferences regarding the subject.

The presentations will not be representations of particular studies or case studies, but will concentrate on four main topics, mainly - cost effectiveness, chronic wound care, best practice and education in wound care.

The speakers come from a broad background, from different professions within the healthcare arena and have vast experience in the field, both internationally and nationally.

Of particular note is our keynote speaker who is an established name in the circle of wound care enthusiasts. Ms Flanagan has published numerous works and her knowledge in the field is exceptional.

What are the most recent developments in Wound Care in this region?

The interest in wound care and tissue viability is definitely on the increase. This can be seen by the amount of attendees to any type of education regarding the subject. We are also very lucky that we have companies and suppliers who are really professional in their approach and offer a lot of support and education.

Wound care is extremely important in the region – we all know how serious a problem diabetes is and this leads to a huge number of diabetes associated wounds. Apart from this, due to the sheer amount of industry as well as, unfortunately, quite a large number of road accidents, there are a lot of patients needing experts looking after their wounds in an efficient and effective manner.

In certain areas there have been great advancements where new technologies have been implemented. However, I do honestly think that there is always room for improvement and continuous education should be offered.

Healthcare management is key in supporting and adopting new treatments and expertise, which should be based on international best practice recommendations.

You're talking about 'Pressure Ulcers: An inexpensive solution to a very expensive problem' at the conference, can you tell us a bit more about this?

Pressure ulcers have been a problem since time immemorial. They have been found on Egyptian mummies and have been discussed by Hippocrates in 400BC.

Although not all pressure ulcers are iatrogenic in nature, most are preventable and are one of the most reported iatrogenic injuries reported in developed countries.

The statistics are staggering. Recent studies, for example, have shown that around 60,000 people in Australia, at any given time, have a pressure ulcer – 80 per cent could have been prevented if proper timely measures were taken, whilst in the UK it is estimated that 400,000 people develop a pressure ulcer every year. About 159,000 residents of U.S. nursing homes (11 per cent) had pressure ulcers at any given point.

Financial statistics are also astounding. An average hospital in the U.S. incurs $US400,000 to $US700,000 (in 2003) indirect costs to treat pressure ulcers annually; it is estimated 1 million people each year are effected (U.S.), leading to an annual cost of approximately $US1.6 billion (in 2000); the annual cost of treatment in Australia is thought to be more than $AUS350m but the cost of treating a single Stage IV pressure ulcer has been estimated at $AUS61,230 (in 2005); the total cost in the UK is £1.4–£2.1 billion annually, 4 per cent of total NHS expenditure (in 2003).

Many patients affected with pressure ulcers have explained it as the worst thing that has ever happened to them in their life. Health-related quality of life of those concerned is significantly impacted on all levels, both physically and psychologically, not to mention financially.

The question is – is there a solution? A total solution is impossible but a reduction is definitely possible through education of healthcare providers, caregivers and patients themselves and application of best practices guidelines.

Taken from Arab Health Daily Dose, Day 1, Page 18