5th May - World Hand Hygiene Day
Sepsis and Wound Care
Each year, 26 million people worldwide suffer from sepsis with an average of six million deaths. It is the primary cause of death from infection and is more common than heart attacks. In fact, sepsis is a contributing factor in one third of all hospital deaths.(1,2,3,4)
The largest organ of the body is the skin. Any damage to the skin creates a risk of infection.(5) A wound is defined as an injury to the protective function of the skin and the origin can be either external or internal. External factors include penetrating elements and trauma, whereas internal examples could be an impaired immune system or an underlying chronic illness.
Good wound care has an important role in preventing sepsis, as any break in the skin can potentially harbour bacteria that may become a cross-infection risk to patients.(6)
To read more please click here.
To read the editorial 'Increased awareness around sepsis can save lives', please click here.
References: 1. Global Sepsis Alliance. Resolutions. 2017 (online) https://www.srlf. org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/GSAResolution-Announcement-May-2017News-Release.pdf. 2. UK Sepsis Trust. Sepsis Manual. 2018 (online) https://sepsistrust.org/wpcontent/ uploads/2018/02/Sepsis_ Manual_2017_inal_v7-red. pdf. 3. Liu et al. JAMA. 2014;312(1):9092. 4. WHO. HAIs Fact sheet. 2016 (Online) http://www.who.int/gpsc/country work/gpsc_ccisc_fact_sheet_en.pdf?ua=1. 5. WHO. Guidelines on Hand Hygiene. 2009 (online) http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/44102/9789241597906_eng.pdf;jsessionid=EF3EBD475307437129620344CC1DEE66? sequence=1. 6. La Rochelle et al. J R Soc Med. 2013;106(11);459460.
BSN medical Funds 10 EWMA Educational Grants
New for 2018, BSN medical (an Essity Company) is pleased to sponsor 10 clinicians via the provision of educational grants to attend the annual EWMA Conference, taking place in Krakow, Poland.
Applications are now being accepted and open to all doctors or nurses in Europe, who working in wound healing, wound management and compression therapy. Each grant has a value of €1,295 and includes:
- Full three day registration fee for the EWMA Conference, 9-11 May 2018, Krakow
- Hotel accommodation for up to three nights (3 or 4 star hotel)
- Flight within Europe to a maximum of €500
The preliminary programme features a mixture of important new topics of interest to the European wound community, along with sessions on every day wound management challenges that face clinicians. The main objective of the conference is to promote the advancement of education and research in relation to epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, prevention and management of wounds.
The key sessions cover EWMA focus areas, including:
- New frontiers in wound management
- The diabetic foot
- Leg ulcers and prevention of recurrence - current state of the art
- Atypical wounds - tools for diagnostics and modern treatment
- Information technology
- The burden of wounds / health economics
- Wound diagnostics and assessment
- Surgical site infection
- Advanced therapies
- Pressure ulcers in a non-acute setting
- Arterial ulcers
If you’d like to attend, don’t delay, complete and submit your application today. You could receive one of our ten educational grants – see application conditions and how to apply here: http://ewma.org/ewma-conference/2018/registration/educational-grants/.
Applications close on the 6th March 2018.
BSN medical meets the high standards as set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)
ISO 9001 is recognised worldwide as the international benchmark for quality within an organisation. BSN medical meets the high standards set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and is proud to hold ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management System certification.
BSN medical is able to demonstrate to customers and suppliers that their systems meet the high standards set out by ISO, supporting and demonstrating their dedication to meeting the needs of customers.
Commercial Director of BSN medical Limited, Paul Goodman, said: “Our commitment to providing quality products and service levels is an integral part of BSN medical’s values. We always strive to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction and achieving ISO: 9001 certification is evidence of this.”
The Film Festival - the importance of selecting the right film for every situation
BSN medical has put together two blockbuster Film Festival events this year. The events were a mixture of product presentations, practical sessions and educational presentations discussing a mixture of the new evidence from Leukomed Control and Leukomed Sorbact from a mixture of UK clinicians including Mr George Smith (General and Vascular Surgeon at the Hull York Medical School) and Professor Steven Jeffery (Burns and Plastics Surgeon at University Hospitals Birmingham). Both events combined attracted 100 delegates, and all attendees benefited from the interactive learning environment. Stay tuned, as there will be further opportunities to learn more about our fantastic range of innovative Film dressings in 2017.
BLS Annual Conference 2016
The BLS Annual Conference was held at the National Motorcycle Museum for the 2nd consecutive year on 3rd and 4th October and as always proved to be an inspiring and enjoyable event. Many delegates took part in our two interactive workshops, Monday seeing the launch of JOBST® ONLINE, our new system for fast, easy and efficient ordering of JOBST compression garments. On day two, delegates learnt about managing exudate with Cutimed® Sorbion® Sachet, a hydration response technology dressing ideal for use under compression.
Jonas Bengtsson, Senior Vice President Lymphology at BSN medical, was excited to be able to attend the conference and had engaging conversations with a number of BLS members.
To find out more about JOBST® Elvarex® Plus, please click here.
Cutimed® Sorbion® Learning Zone
This year, we’ve helped ease the responsibility of re-validation for you with our new tools aimed at supporting your continuous professional development (CPD). We joined forces with the Journal of Community Nursing, and the General Practice Nurse Journal, to bring you the Cutimed Sorbion Learning Zone entitled Managing exudate and preventing biofilm in primary care, written by Simon Barrett, Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist, Humber NHS Foundation Trust. Once you have read the online article and updated your understanding on exudate management and dressing choice, take the online multiple-choice test to receive a certificate and contribute to your CPD hours. It’s an educational, easy and simple way to start fulfilling your revalidation requirements. Click here to visit the GPN Learning Zone module and start reading.