JWC Awards 2017

Following our sponsorship of the Innovation in North America Award at the JWC Awards on Friday 3rd March, we'd like to offer our congratulations to the winner, Mina Izadjoo and the runners up; David Armstrong and Catherine Milne. Below is a breif overview of the nominees. 

Mina Izadjoo - Winner

Mina and team have developed a novel device for creating Non-Thermal Cold Plasma. Although there are a number of cold plasma technologies, this is novel due to its small size, reduced cost, portability, with no requirement for any noble gas, and ease of application. Innovative anti-infective treatment modalities, particularly for multi-drug resistant infections and their resilient biofilms is urgently needed. This technology is ideal for both clinical and field applications in particular for patients suffering from infected wounds in resource limited areas. This work has already gained an award for the best poster at serval meeting including the most recent SAWC. 


David Armstrong - 2nd place

David Armstrong Professor of Surgery at The University of Arizona and Deputy Director of the Arizona Centre for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI), is a specialist in the diabetic foot. His group has long made the comparison between wounds and cancer in seminal papers often quoted. They have now proffered the term ‘diabetic foot remission’ and have develop strategies to maximise ‘ulcer-free days’. This has culminated in a major manuscript just accepted in the New England Journal of Medicine ‘Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Their Recurrence’. The data presented in that paper, in addition to works previously published, will make a high level case for us to consider a change in how we approach policy, resources, and care pathways not only to heal wounds–but to care for people who have healed for the rest of what is hopefully their long lives.

Catherine Milne and the transition resource guide - 3rd Place

The Professionals Dedicated to Wound Care (PDQWC) was formed in 2014 to elevate critical thinking and improve the practice of wound and skin care. An ongoing issue reported by clinicians and patients alike, is the transitioning of the wounded patient between multiple clinical settings with different clinicians. Several unmet needs include patient/family education, communication between wound care providers, and a systematic method to provide for discharge planning specific to the wound. They developed ‘transitions of care resource guide’ to address the common issues. This customisable guide addresses continuity of care with practical resources to improve communication of the patient with a wound between providers and different care settings while providing educational resources for the patient/significant other to encourage active participation in the transitioning process.