- DEWU German Wound Congress & Bremen Nursing Congress enabled professional and personal exchange
From Wednesday to Friday, 4th to 6th May 2022, a total of 3,076 nurses, doctors, employees of the health sector and experts from research in Bremen came together to finally exchange, train and network in presence again.
In around 140 different meetings, workshops, discussions and interactive formats, the Double Congress not only offered an overview of the current state of research and development, but also gave an idea of the state of the current health policy and ethical discussion. In the affiliated trade exhibition, 105 companies and service providers presented their work and products for wound care and care.
German Wound Congress 2022 Photo: M3B GmbH
The double congress was opened by Bremen’s health senator Claudia Bernhard. She appreciated the work of the nurses and promised in her greeting that she wanted to work hard to ensure that care is adequately rewarded – not only in the form of ideal recognition, but also in the form of changed framework conditions, for example in terms of working hours and pay. The fact that this is also urgently needed is shown by the results of the nationwide study “I care again if…” presented at the Bremen Nursing Congress. The central finding of the study: Many former nurses can imagine returning to nursing if different conditions are met. In addition to reliable working hours, this is also a better staffing.
Even at DEWU, the participants were able to take a lot of knowledge with them and not be amazed at one point or another. For example, at the meeting “Fair but hard” moderated by wound expert Jan Forster from Bremen. Three unusual wound stories were presented here, one of which unfortunately did not turn out well, because this case was obviously based on Münchhausen syndrome, i.e. compulsive self-harming behavior.
The accompanying industrial exhibition was already considerably more up-to-edgetic, in which, of course, everything revolved around making life easier for interested visitors – be it through innovative medical devices, technical aids, diagnostic and documentation tools or very practical with coffee specialties fresh from the machine or delicious soft ice cream.
An integral part of the program of DEWU is the awarding of the German Wound Prize in various categories – donated by the Initiative Chronische Wunden (ICW) e.V. The expert jury awarded four works and initially awarded a special newcomer prize. The winners are:
Category Audience Award: (EUR 500)
Dr. Maurice Moelleken, University Hospital Essen, Essen
Poster 11 – “Successful therapy of an ulcerative morphea with pimecrolimus cream”
Category practice: (EUR 1,000)
Dr. Andreas Hüllen, RHEACELL GmbH & Co. KG, Heidelberg
Poster 2 – “ABCB5+ mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) – a novel treatment approach for therapy-refractory chronic wounds”
Research category: (EUR 1,000)
Prof. Dr. Dr. Ralf Smeets, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Hamburg
Poster 16 – “Integration of silk-based biomaterials in the human 3D ex-vivo wound model as a temporary epithelial replacement”
Category case studies: (EUR 500)
Yasemin Kir and Elena Libich, Agaplesion Diakonieklinikum Rotenburg/Wümme, Rotenburg/Wümme
Poster 14 – “G-BA decision outpatient negative pressure therapy: curse or blessing?”
Newcomer special price: (EUR 300)
Michael Dietrich, University of Witten/Herdecke, Witten/Herdecke
Poster 05 – “Bacterial infiltration in biofilm-populated wounds: Analyses in the hpBIOM ex-vivo wound model and possible effects on swab removal and debridement”
“The high number of participants in this first face-to-face congress after 2019 proves that both the German Wound Congress and the Bremen Nursing Congress have a high priority in the health industry,” says division manager Kordula Grimm at the end of the event. And project manager Cordula Paul adds: “It was clear how much everyone was looking forward to seeing you again. Of course, modern digital technology makes a lot possible, but it will never replace personal encounters.”
The date for the next double congress has already been set: In 2023, the DEWU German Wound Congress & Bremen Nursing Congress will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 10th to 12th. May, instead.
Further information: www.deutscher-wundkongress.de and www.bremer-pflegekongress.de
Everything important at a glance:
DEWU German Wound Congress and Bremen Nursing Congress were once created on a small scale by Bremen initiators and over the years developed into one of the most important platforms for wound experts, doctors and employees from nursing and medical practice. Participation in the DEWU German Wound Congress & Bremen Nursing Congress enables the acquisition of training points.
German Wound Congress 2022 Photo: M3B GmbH