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Health professionals working in the field are clear that venous and lymphatic disorders, and its gold-standard treatment, compression, demand a higher profile within tissue viability, and that everyone has the right to accessible and effective treatment.
This award celebrates practitioners who have made an outstanding contribution to their clinical practice, geographical region, or area of research.
Wound care, treatment and prevention consume large quantities of resources in terms of disposables, equipment and nursing time; however, there is still little objective evaluation of the economic burden of wound care on health services. Furthermore, health service costs may inadequately describe the total cost of care, as this burden falls increasingly outside the formal health services and onto patients and their families.
This category is open to any clinician or team who, through management initiatives, have demonstrated cost-effective wound care, or to health economists and researchers, who have helped to highlight the issues faced or proposed ways to address them.
Infection prevention and control is deservedly high on the agenda for patients, nurses and decision makers, particularly with increasing evidence for the presence of biofilm in non-healing wounds. Infection control is an essential component of care and one that has too often been undervalued in recent years. The frontlines of contemporary care combine technology and expertise, with staff shortages and concerns about hygiene.
This award is to recognise the efforts of nurses, clinicians and researchers whose work has made a significant impact on patients care.
Ranging from extending the boundaries of wound-care practice to setting up new services that improve patient care, nurses and clinicians are developing innovative services and approaches to existing problems in wound care. The category is open to both individuals and teams that have developed a genuinely innovative approach to wound care.
Entrants should be able to demonstrate outcomes that have benefited the wound care community.
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Research into the patient experience provides evidence of the stress associated with having a wound and the impact that coping strategies and levels of social support have on patient outcomes.
Any individual or team who has made a significant difference in the area of patient experience should apply for this award.
Pressure ulcer prevention is an extremely important area of wound care. Many are preventable and clinician working in this area have a crucial role in developing and implementing strategies that reduced pressure ulcer incidence. This is supported by researchers, who are constantly working to determine the aetiology of pressure ulcers and ways to help empower the clinicians.
Any nurse or clinician working in pressure care, who has gone above and beyond for their patients should apply for this award. It is also open to any researchers who have made a significant contribution to the field.
This category is open to both clinicians and teams who have contributed towards enhancing and sharing best practice, rolling out and establishing competency programmes or delivering successful health-care campaigns that impact on patient care and support government initiatives.
Before treatment can begin, a thorough, holistic assessment of both the wound and the patient is needed. Both clinicians, who develop assessment pathways, and researchers who present details and clarification on the individual markers that might become the subject of the diagnostic tests of the future, who a marked impact on patient management.
This award is to recognise innovation and excellence in wound assessment and diagnostics.
Wound care research is notoriously difficult, due to the heterogeneity of patients, large number of confounding factors and comorbidities, and difficulty in achieving blinding. This award is to celebrate those who have done their best to overcome these obstacles, and conduct excellent research possible in an inherently challenging field.
Laboratory studies represent a vital first step in evaluating wound care interventions and form the base of the evidence pyramid on which all other research is built. This category is to recognise the efforts of those researchers who have provided strong, evidence-based studies in wound care.
Health-care research is essential to improving the health of the developing world; however, the financial resources are insufficient in many countries, combined with delays in presentation and lack of available staff. This award is open to researchers and clinicians from countries considered eligible in the HINARI programme, who have overcome these challenges to conduct high-level wound care research.
Military wounds typically occur through ballistic trauma and high-energy transfer. Isolated wounds are unusual and commonly soldiers are sustaining multiple simultaneous injury, reflected in increasing injury severity scores. Military wounds are also often heavily contaminated, as a result of the environment in which they are sustained, the improvised nature of the explosive devices, and the fact that soldiers are often only able to maintain basic hygiene.
This category is to celebrate the dedication and hard work of nurses and clinicians under these most demanding of conditions.
This category is open to dressing manufacturers who have truly changed the way wounds are treated. We are looking for breakthrough technologies or line extensions that have revolutionised wound care over the last eighteen months, genuine game changing dressings which have forged the way for new categories of dressings to be created and have changed patient lives through their outcomes. Dressing must be available in a minimum of three countries world-wide.
This category is open to all new technologies outside of dressings. From wound measurement to negative pressure all new technologies will be considered. The criteria for entry dictates that the technology must be available in a minimum of three countries world-wide.
Entries close on Monday 23rd January
From extending the boundaries of wound-care practice to setting up new services that improve patient care, nurses and clinicians are developing innovative services and approaches to existing problems in wound care. The category is open to both individuals and teams in North America that have developed a genuinely innovative approach to wound care.
Entrants should be able to demonstrate outcomes that have benefited the wound care community, in any area including practice, education, research and patient wellbeing.