2nd EPUAP Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Masterclass

Hosted by University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery (Ghent University), Ghent University Hospital and EduWond in collaboration with the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP).

Date: 13 – 15 March 2018
Location: Ghent University Hospital / Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent

Chairs of the EPUAP Pressure Ulcer Masterclass 2018:
Prof. Dimitri Beeckman, University Centre for Nursing & Midwifery, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Mr. Steven Smet, RN MSc, Woundcare Coordinator, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium
Dr. Jan Kottner, Clinical Research Center for Hair and Skin Science Department of Dermatology and Allergy Charité-Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany

Main topics will include:

  • Pressure ulcer etiology (biomechanics, pressure induced deep tissue injury, microclimate)
  • Pressure ulcer risk assessment
  • Pressure ulcer diagnosis and classifcation
  • Device related pressure ulcers
  • Health economics
  • Support surfaces for prevention and treatment: biomechanics and clinical evidence
  • Case discussions for prevention and treatment (critically ill patients, pediatrics, rehabilitation, palliative care, bariatric patient)
  • Repositioning

  • Treatment: cleansing, debridement, assessment and treatment of infection and bioflms, wound dressings, biological dressing, growth factors and biophysical agents
  • Guideline development
  • Implementation, quality indicators, quality improvement projects
  • (Basic principles about) research and pressure ulcers

Application deadline is 15th December 2017!

The EPUAP Pressure Ulcer Masterclass Programme is available here.
The programme includes:

  • lectures by international renowned pressure ulcer experts,
  • workshops,
  • guided tour in the woundcare department,
  • complex case discussions, group work,
  • networking event.

More information can be found here.




The EPUAP invites you to take part in next year’s Stop Pressure Ulcers to help bring pressure ulcers to a wider audience.

In 2018 there will be a Stop Pressure Ulcers to be held on November 15th 2018. The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel applauds the efforts of such events to bring pressure ulcers to the public, the professionals and our politicians. EPUAP has once again decided to join the Stop Pressure Ulcers to help publicise pressure ulcers. To this end we will continue to provide freely available publicity material on our website.


  • Host educational activities on prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers
  • Organise awareness raising events to share information about pressure ulcers
  • Reach out to your local community to inform them about pressure ulcers
  • Make policy makers aware about pressure ulcers

More information can be found here.



 Joint EPUAP & EWMA Pressure Ulcer prevention & patient safety advocacy project


EPUAP and The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) are collaborating on a joint engagement in the PU prevention and patient safety agendas at the European level as well as at the national level in selected European countries. The project is currently expected to run for 2 years (1 July 2016 – 30 June 2018).

Patient safety has for some years been high on the European Commission health care agenda. At the EU level as well as at national levels of many European nations, considerable investments have been made by health care authorities to establish organisations and programmes addressing the patient safety agenda.

Looking at the patient safety agenda from a wound care perspective, the topic of Pressure Ulcer (PU) prevention has always been central due to the fact that most PU’s are preventable if the patient is managed correctly by health care staff. Consequently both EPUAP and EWMA have separately been advocating for the prevention of PU’s as a major health care and patient safety issue. Whereas EPUAP, in particular, has strongly supported the annual STOP Pressure Ulcer campaign, EWMA has in collaboration with the Eucomed Advanced Wound Care Sector group earlier engaged in raising attention in the European Parliament and the European Commission in connection with the EU Joint Action on Patient Safety and Quality of Care (PaSQ) programme.

Activities achieved and expected

  • An epidemiology overview based on existing European prevalence data is in progress. This is coordinated by Professor Zena Moore with expected presentation at the EPUAP 2017 conference, 20-22 September in Belfast (indsæt hyperlink)
  • Consecutive meetings between Professor Lisette Schoonhoven and the chair of OECD Health Care Quality Indicators expert group since November 2016
  • Meetings between the project group and selected representatives of the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament, to raise awareness and call for preventive action against the development of PUs in particular.
  • Regular publication and dissemination of information and articles about patient safety and PU prevention
  • Joint presentations at the annual conferences of EWMA and EPUAP. The first of these took place at the EWMA Amsterdam conference 3-5 May 2017

EPUAP – EWMA Article no. 1 on Patient Safety across Europe: the perspective of pressure ulcers

EPUAP – EWMA Article no. 2 on Patient Safety across Europe: The time to invest in patient safety and pressure ulcer prevention is now!

EPUAP – EWMA Article no. 3 on Patient Safety across Europe: Diabetic Control & Pressure Ulcers – fighting fatal complications and improving quality of life

Joint working group

  • EPUAP representatives: Prof. Zena Moore (chair), Prof. Lisette Schoonhoven, Prof. Jane Nixon, Dr Jan Kottner
  • EWMA representatives: PhD Jose Verdu Soriano (chair), Prof. Andrea Pokorná, Dr Hubert Vuagnat.


Please consult the following resources for further information about the topic of patient safety and pressure ulcer prevention at the European level.

For any questions or comments please contact:

The project is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from:

EPUAP Research Project Collaboration Funding


The EPUAP Scientific Committee launches its first call for Research Project Collaboration Funding. There are opportunities to underpin high quality research through the development of agreed standards and language with clear publication outputs or to pump prime future collaborative funding bids. The funding is not for direct research costs, but rather costs to facilitate face-to-face meetings of collaborators from EU member and associated countries. For this first call, EPUAP proposes to allocate a maximum of €10k over 1-3 years to cover expenses for face-to-face meetings (i.e. travel, accommodation and venue costs). The funding is available only for EPUAP members. The funded project lead will be invited to attend as an invited speaker or be requested to submit an abstract about the research and collaboration covered by EPUAP for a free paper session for at least one EPUAP annual meeting.

The submission form is described below. The applications should be sent to before December 1st 2017.

Download the submission form here.

EPUAP Exchange Scholarship for students


The EPUAP Scientific Committee launches its first call for exchange scholarships for students in the context of “emerging pressure ulcer research”. The aim is to provide opportunities for PhD or early post-doc students exchanges between high quality laboratories and clinical academic teams working in the field of pressure ulcer management and prevention. Interdisciplinary works should be encouraged. Funding will be awarded to cover travel and subsistence (some research costs may be permitted) and spend one to four weeks in another clinical/research structure that is based in a EU member country or associated country, with the objective to learn a specific experimental technique or methodological approach. 1k€ to 3k€ will be allocated to each student, depending on the time spent in the host institution. The funding is available only for EPUAP members. The funded student will be requested to submit an abstract about the research and collaboration covered by EPUAP for the students free paper session during the EPUAP annual meeting.

The submission form is described below. The applications should be sent to before December 1st 2017.

Download the submission form here.

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