Wound exudate and the role of dressings: a consensus document

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This consensus document has been adopted by the World Union of Wound Healing Societies www.wuwhs.org as an educational initiative, with the aim of providing principles for best practice on exudate management and the role of dressings.

The document represents the consensus opinion of a group of international experts, many of whom participated in a group meeting in 2006 (see below).The lack of evidence, expert guidance in the field and the technical complexity of dressings were discussed. This highlighted the need for a document with a practical focus that describes what exudate is, what it tells us and how to assess and manage exudate.

The content is aimed at all healthcare professionals involved in wound management, and is designed to be adaptable for local use in countries worldwide. Ultimately, it is anticipated that the recommendations will help to improve clinical outcomes, enhance patients' quality of life and aid resource allocation.

The expert working group comprised the following international key opinion leaders:

  • Wen-Chang Cheng, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung (Taiwan)
  • José Contreras-Ruiz, Hospital General 'Dr Manuel Gea González', Mexico City (Mexico)
  • Agnetha Folestad, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Mölndal (Sweden)
  • Xiaobing Fu, Postgraduate Medical College, Beijing (China)
  • Brian Gilchrist, King's College London (UK)
  • Patricia Grocott, King's College London (UK)
  • Keith Harding, Wound Healing Research Unit, Cardiff University (Chair; UK)
  • Joon-Pio Hong, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea)
  • Erik de Laat, Radboud, University Nijmegen Medical Centre (The Netherlands)
  • Michelle Lee Wai-kuen, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong (China)
  • Courtney Lyder, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (USA)
  • Kyoichi Matsuzaki, St Marianna University School of Medicine, Kawasaki (Japan)
  • Sylvie Meaume, Groupe Hospitalier Charles-Foix, Irvy Sur Seine (France)
  • Tania Phillips, Boston University School of Medicine (USA)
  • Patricia Price, Wound Healing Research Unit, Cardiff University (UK)
  • Marco Romanelli, Wound Healing Research Unit, University of Pisa (Italy)
  • Hiromi Sanada, University of Tokyo (Japan)
  • Vijay Shukla, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (India)
  • Gary Sibbald, University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Colin Song, Singapore General Hospital (Singapore)
  • Wolfgang Vanscheidt, University of Freiburg (Germany)
  • José Verdú, University of Alicante (Spain)
  • Kathryn Vowden, University of Bradford and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
  • Peter Vowden, University of Bradford and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
  • Michael Woodward, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Austin Health, Heidelberg (Australia)

This document is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. Pdf editions of the document can be downloaded from www.wuwhs.org

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