Wounds Top 10 Priorities (priority setting in association with the JLA)

A workshop was held on 18th May 2021 to bring together patients and healthcare professionals to jointly agree a priority list for vascular wounds research.  The results were as follows:

  1. How can patient involvement in the decisions about their wounds be improved?
  2. How can healing of open wounds be accelerated?
  3. How can quality of life be improved in patients with open wounds?
  4. How can wound care be personalised to meet patient circumstances or needs?
  5. Which service configuration is associated with the best outcomes in wound patients?
  6. How can communication between clinicians in wound care services be improved?
  7. How can consistency in assessment, diagnosis and management inpatients with wounds be improved?
  8. How can wounds be prevented from becoming infected?
  9. How can wound healing be optimised in vascular patients?
  10. How can communication be improved with patients with wounds?

The following questions were also discussed and put in order of priority at the workshop:

  1. What is the best way to manage complex, hard to heal leg ulcers?
  2. How can Surgical Site Infection in vascular surgery be reduced?
  3. Which dressings are best for open wounds in specific situations?
  4. How can wound odour be reduced?
  5. What is the best way to debride (remove dead or unwanted material) from wounds?