Scientific Program

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

* Subject to change




Welcome and Opening 
Prof. Amit Gefen, Israel | Congress Chairperson


Session I
Quantitative Approaches in Wound Research
Chair: Daphne Weihs,


Measuring Transepidermal Water Loss in Skin and Wound Research: Useful or Not?

  • Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) is an established parameter in skin and wound research
  • Obtaining accurate TEWL measurements in clinical research is challenging
  • Interpretation should focus on changes over time instead on single estimates

Jan Kottner, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany


Early Detection of Pressure Ulcers and Identification of Patients at Risk by using Biochemical Markers

  • Pressure ulcer prevention
  • Identification of patients at risk and early detection of pressure ulcers
  • Biochemical markers

Cees Oomens, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands 


Prevention of Pressure Ulcers: New Frontiers
Daphne Weihs, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel 


Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Session II
Quality Outcomes in Prevention and Treatment

Chair: Guido Ciprandi, Italy


NCAT (Nursing Culture Assessment Tool) Findings so far in Relation to PrU Prevention Implementation

  • A positive nursing culture is vital to achieving quality outcomes.
  • Nursing culture assessment captures staff perceptions about work relationships and environment.
  • Comparisons of nursing culture pre/post repositioning intervention provide insights into repositioning care practices and pressure ulcer prevention outcomes 

Susan Kennerly, East Carolina University, USA 


Children's Hospital Model for Wounds Excellence: an Interdisciplinary Skin Care Teamwork Centered on Smallest Patients

  • Interdisciplinary skin care Teamwork is vital for preventing and caring complex wounds in any different area of paediatric expertise
  • A team committed to a specific entity such as skin care can enhance resource availability, communication, and follow-through
  • Nursing and biomedical burden control will help surgeons dedicated to assist children’s wounds both  intraoperatively (positioning) and in the immediate post op.
Guido Ciprandi, Bambino Gesu' Children's Hospital, Italy


Is it Possible to Monitor Pressure Ulcers as a Part of Adverse Event. Reporting – Benefits and Risks OR Comprehensive and Nationwide Accepted Approach for PU prevention in the Czech Republic

  • National strategy for PU prevention will be presented
  • Special attention will be given to the new DRG system preparation in relation to the PU severity
  • National sources for PU monitoring (National register for hospitalised patients and special dataset for acute care settings)
Andrea Pokorná, Masaryk University, Czech Republic 


Short Break


Sponsored Symposium 
An Initial Overview of a QALY Reporting the Impact of the SEM Scanner in PU Prevention
Symposium supported Bruin Biometrics (BBI)

Tony King, Director, Deloitte LLP, UK
Kevin Tsang, Senior Manager, Deloitte LLP, UK
Jyrki Kolsi, Director, Health Analytics and Technology, Deloitte LLP, UK


Lunch Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Free Paper Presentations of Selected Abstracts
Chair: Jan Kottner, Germany

Hyperspectral Imaging as a New Procedure in Wound Diagnostics
Georg Daeschlein, Wolfgang Konschake, Stine Lutze, Claudia Sicher, Sebastian Von Podewils, Inga Langner, Carolin Flieger, Ralf Ohlinger, Michael Jünger, Germany

Design Requirements of a Non-Adherent Silicone Wound Contact Layer
Saul Di Palo, Rachel Bolton, Daniel Parker, Joy Thistlethwaite, UK

Experimental Research of an Innovative Ointment with Increased Wound Healing Activity (Dermaplant)
Andrei Zbuchea, Radu Albulescu, Romania

Topical Medical Cannabis (TMC): A NEW Epigenetic Paradigm for Wound Healing
Vincent Maida
, Canada


Session III
Assessment and Reporting Tools

Chair: Jane Nixon, UK


Infection in Diabetic Foot Ulceration; Steps Towards Better Knowledge for Practice 
  • 1 in 4 people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer, most of which are infected. This infection may delay healing and cause more damage to the foot, and spread further. It is important to balance between the risks of over-treatment and under-treatment with antibiotics, to ensure antibiotic resistance doesn’t increase. The ways we assess foot ulcer for infection haven’t previously been tested in large, reliable studies to see if the signs of infection are fool-proof. 
  • Until recently we haven’t had robust evidence to guide clinicians in how to collect samples for the microbiology laboratory, for example tissue swab, or piece of ulcer tissue. Research performed by our team has established the differences between tissue sampling and swabbing foot ulcers for microbiology, demonstrating the increased information obtained from tissue samples over swabs. 
  • We are now planning to investigate whether increased information on the bacteria in a wound makes any impact on management and clinical outcomes. We are also looking at the potential for genetic fingerprinting of bacteria to replace traditional culture techniques, using virtual clinics and qualitative methods. 
Andrea Nelson, 
University of Leeds, UK 


 Measuring Wounds and Wound-Associated Problems
Christina Lindholm,  Sophiahemmet University, Sweden

Atypical Wounds: Diagnosis and Management 
  • Atypical wounds account for 3% of total wounds
  • Tissue biopsy is essential to make a diagnosis
  • Treatment is mainly via systemic prescription
Marco Romanelli, University of Pisa, Italy 


How to Design a Good Clinical Trial in Wound Tech
Jane Nixon, Institute of Clinical Trials ResearchUK 


Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Session IV
Cost Benefit Designs of Wound Prevention and Care Procedures
Chair: Tracey Yap,


Clinical Trial Strategy: What it Takes to Compete

  • Before the clinical trial begins, it’s imperative to assess your company’s overall strategy
  • Focusing on the labeling of your drug should be a key focus
  • Companies need to understand the global competitive landscape
James Nolan
, InClinica, USA


Exploring the Optimum Repositioning Interval for Safe and Cost Effective Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Tracey Yap, Duke University School of Nursing, USA         


Telemedicine -  A Communicational Tool

  • Telemedicine
  • User satisfaction
  • Patient involvement 

Rolf Jelnes, Sygehus SoenderjyllandDenmark


End of Day 1

Thursday, 14 June 2018 




Session V
Knowledge, Technology and Practice Combined for Effective Clinical Outcomes

Chair: Tom O'Connor, Ireland


The Effect of Combined Modulated Ultrasound and Electro-Stimulation on Diabetic Foot Ulcers
  • Chronic wound healing 
  • Combined modulated ultrasound and electric field stimulation
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
Tom O'Connor, RCSI School of Nursing, Ireland


Innovating Wound Care: Update on the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre
  • The Welsh Wound Innovation Centre (WWIC) Creation
  • Pressure Ulcer Prevention Intervention Service (PUPIS) helping evaluate dynamic hybrid mattresses clinically and in the laboratory.  
  • Outcomes of wound treatment and associated costs before and after the introduction of standardised wound management practices
Michael Clark, Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, UK 


Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Session VI
Negative Pressure Wound Therapies
Chair: Luc Teot,


Development and Validation of an In Vitro Test Method for the Comparative Assessment of NPWT Devices and Superabsorbent Wound Dressings

  • The need for a standardised method that assesses the performance of medical devices designed to manage exuding wounds.
  • The method development process.
  • Results so far – the parameters in which the method is able to accurately and scientifically compare exuding wound management products.

Samantha Westgate, Perfectus Biomed Limited, UK 


Negative Pressure Therapy using a New Fenestrate
Luc Teot, Montpellier University Hospital, France 


The LLIFT Study: An Update on Progress so far 

  • Update on the progress of the LLIFT Pilot Study
  • Current data will be presented for discussion
  • Recruitment issues will be presented

Farina Hashmi, University of Salford, UK 


Free Paper Presentations of Selected Abstracts
Chair: Meital Zilberman,

Common Pathophysiological Mechanisms Underlying Dementia and Pressure Ulcers
Efraim Jaul
, Oded Meiron, Israel

Central Sensitization is a Risk Factor for Wound Complication after Primary Total Knee

Jin Kang, Man Soo Kim, Jong Min Sohn, South Korea


Lunch Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Session VII
Translational Science in Chronic Wounds

Chair: Zena Moore, Ireland


Using Technology to Make Strides in Pressure Ulcer Identification

  • Pressure ulcers most often occur in the deeper layers of the tissues emerging outwards towards the skin, therefore visual skin assessment is very limited, as it only recognises pressure ulcer damage once evident at the skin surface;
  • Sub epidermal moisture measurement addresses the short comings of visual skin assessment by identifying early pressure ulcer damage before it is seen at the skin surface;
  • Our research evidence shows that pressure ulcer incidence is far higher than previously thought. Use of sub epidermal moisture measurement quickly identifies patients who are not tolerating pressure and shear forces, thereby enabling the targeting of interventions to combat further deterioration of pressure ulcer status.
Zena Moore, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland 


Diabetic Foot Ulceration
Edward Jude, University of Manchester, UK

How Forensic Science Helps to Understand Wounds Development/Etiology
Paulo Alves, Catholic University, Portugal


Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition


Session VIII

Novel Technologies in Wound Prevention and Care
Chair: Amit Gefen, Israel


Measurement Technologies for Skin Integrity

  • What technology is currently “useful” in assessing skin integrity?
  • How do clinicians perceive the role of technology in wound care?
  • What evidence is required to stimulate change in practice?

Leigh Flemming, University of Huddersfield, UK  


State-of-the-Art Bioengineering Approaches in Preventing Medical Device Related Pressure Ulcers (MDRPU's)
  • Gaps in technology with regard to prevention of MDRPU's
  • Analyse approached to mitigate the problem
  • Emerging technological Solutions
Amit Gefen, Tel Aviv University, Israel 


Infection Prevention and Management

  • New polymeric structures were developed for wound dressing application. These are based on synthetic polymers, natural polymers, and synthetic-natural hybrid biomaterials.
  • Controlled release of antibiotic drugs form these structure is beneficial to the field 
  • of wound healing.
  • The formulation parameters strongly affect the wound dressings' function and properties, through structuring effects. 
Meital Zilberman, Tel Aviv University, Israel

The Mechanics of Skin and Soft Tissues
Sam Evans
, Cardiff University, UK


Congress Closing
Prof. Amit GefenIsrael | Congress Chairperson

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