Zones 2022

Wound Assessment
Sponsored by Hartmann

Effective assessment is at the heart of wound care, as it is essential for a good outcome. It is during assessment that the health professional determines the causes of the wound and its physical characteristics and can forge a collaborative relationship with the patient. This session will describe how to undertake a full holistic assessment, with a view to selecting the right treatment options for individual patient needs.

Wound Infection
Sponsored by Urgo

Non-healing wounds are prone to infection, making them even more difficult to heal. Being able to identify the clinical signs of local wound infection as soon as they occur will enable the correct treatment to be given promptly. But there is often confusion about how to do this. Here, the focus will be on the identification and management of these clinical signs.

Sponsored by Edge Medical

It is widely accepted that most non-healing wounds contain biofilm. but what is biofilm and how can you tell if it is present, given that it is not visible to the naked eye? This session will define biofilm and explain how it develops in the wound and delays healing. It will explore current strategies for treating and preventing it, and explain how these can be incorporated into your practice, with a few simple changes..

Care of the lower limb
The National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) has developed a pathway that is transforming care of the lower limb, with the aim of standardising care and improving outcomes. This session will explore the new pathway and its implementation. Come and find out if you are doing it right.

Pressure ulcer care
Pressure ulceration is a largely preventable patient harm. There has much effort in recent years to improve practice to avoid this, with Stop the Pressure campaigns and implementation of SSKIN bundles. Despite this, there are still variations in practice and outcomes. Here, the components of good practice will be explored, to help delegates ensure they prevent this skin injury

Wound bed preparation
A clean wound is essential to kick start healing. This requires removal of debris and dead tissue, including slough and necrosis, as well as controlling the exudate level to establish a moisture balance that promotes healing. But for many, this is challenging. This session will explain how to implement the core elements of wound bed preparation.

Healing chronic wounds
Some wounds do not progress toward healing, despite provision of standard care. How can you determine what’s gone wrong and put it right? This session will explore the questions that need to be asked and the steps taken to promote healing in a stalled wound. It will give pointers on how you can find out what is preventing the wound from healing, how to provide the right treatment, when to seek specialist help, and how to keep the patient motivated

Effective patient communication
To achieve a good outcome, it is important to engage with patients, working collaboratively with them to increase adherence to treatment, which must be suitable for their physical and social needs. This requires effective communication during assessment, which entails asking the right questions and listening for cues about their goals and motivators. This session will explore techniques and strategies that can be used to achieve this.