2017 went by in a hurry – as every year has a way of doing. In case you missed any of last years blogpost, we’ve gathered some of our top posts and made a collection for you! You’ll find them below.
2017 was an exciting and important year for the Woulgan team. We kicked off with news of a Woulgan publication authored by Brenda King and associates in JWC, which you can read here. In addition, Keith Cutting and Donna Welch published papers about the cost effectiveness of soluble beta-glucan and treating DFUs using Woulgan respectively.
Last year we also launched a two module webinar in collaboration with JWC and WundManagment featuring the topics “Understand why wounds stall and what happens at a molecular level” and “Discover how macrophages in stalled wounds can be activated by stimulation with Bioactive BetaGlucan, restarting the healing process”. The webinars were presented by two highly regarded clinicians; Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Augustin and TVN Brenda King. Prof. Augustins webinar in German is available here, and the English version with Brenda King is available here (module 1) and here (module 2).
In May the team visited the beautiful city Amsterdam to participate at the EWMA conference – where we presented a Satellite Symposium! If you want to see it, click here. Woulgan has also been present at several other congresses through the year, some small some bigger like the WundDACH conference in Switzerland and at the Wounds UK Annual Conference in Harrogate, England! During these conferences we have had a lot of interesting conversations with health care professionals from all over Europe.
Behind the scenes we have worked hard to produce an application video which was launched in October. The video focuses on how Woulgan works and how to use it correctly – perfect for clinicians and those who use Woulgan! View the full video here.
We also received an early Christmas present when we got confirmation that Woulgan is listed on Drug Tariff from 2018! It was hard work for the team as Woulgan is listed in a separate category, but we are really exited to be able to help community based wound patients across the UK going forward.
Last but not least – in December we launched our new and updated website – and we must say, we are very pleased and we hope you are too! If you have any feedback we would really appreciate it.
This year the blog has been filled with learning opportunities regarding stalled wounds, challenges in wound management and how to overcome them. Below you can find our best of 2017 blog posts.
We hope 2018 will be a prosperous year for all our followers and wish you the very best for the new year!
“We’ve tried everything” is a claim we often hear when we meet clinicians who struggle with one or several challenging and stalled wounds that won’t heal despite several approaches in the wound management plan. The clinicians express resignation and the patients hopelessness and maybe also depression. When we get into the details of the different approaches of the wound therapies conducted, a few similarities often stand out..
The aim of the initial assessment of a wound is to obtain a correct diagnosis and find appropriate treatment. The accuracy of this assessment is vital for wound management to be successful. For some wounds, particularly chronic ones, a differential diagnosis may be needed..
The importance of good housekeeping can also apply to stalled and chronic wounds. It’s a well recognized fact that the majority of chronic wounds is stuck in the inflammatory phase, where an imbalance between different molecules contributes to the characteristics of a chronic wound..
At any point in the healing trajectory, a wound can become stalled. That is, the wound initially began to heal, but patient- or wound-related factors have prevented the wound from continuing to heal in an orderly and timely manner..
One of the key challenges faced by clinicians when dealing with wound care is to be able to ‘jump start’ the stalled wounds that have stuck in the inflammatory stage of healing.
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