ABOUT US

We from (GWMA) Gulf Wound Mangement Association aims to address the growing global healthcare challenge posed by a wound-related care and management in the evidence-informed, patient-focused and interdisciplinary forum. 

Definition

The Gulf Wound Management Association (GWMA) is a nonprofit and Non-Governmental Organization, established by expert Multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals from GCC countries (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman) in the Wound Management.

Vision

To be a primary, regional, scientific and Practical Resource, by advancing the field of Wound Management.

Mission

The (GWMA) is dedicated to excellence in the advancement of Wound Management through Disseminating evidence-based practice, research, education, and collaboration among GCC Wound care professionals and public communities.

Conference Objectives:

  • To develop regional consensus guidelines (Model of care) on the management of the wound, that will reduce the impact of Wound through cost-effective and quality healthcare.
  • To improve the quality of care to save limbs and lives of Wound patient.
  • To enhance communication and collaboration between the Multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals involved in woundcare.
  • To involve the key decision makers responsible for formulating healthcare policies to get governmental and private sector support for the Wound Management.
  • To enhance Wound Management in Gulf through spreading knowledge and education.
  • To work towards establishing evidence-based accredited Wound Management programs.
  • To be a consultancy body in the GCC for conducting research related to Wound Management.
  • List of key risk factors associated with Wound.
  • Discuss the importance of appropriate vascular interventions and their regional and ethnic variations in wound care
  • Recognize the growing importance of the wound care as an international health care problem
  • Discuss the role of various technologies and their impact on healing and prevention.
  • Outline the appropriate use of various offloading techniques in the management and prevention of wound.
  • Outline the basics of appropriate antibiotic care of infected wound including bio-films and the diagnosis of infection in the affected area.
  • Cite the fiscal and social impact of the wound.
  • Comprehensive Wound assessment.
  • The importance of nutrition status in treating the wound.
  • The importance of the multidisciplinary approach in treating the wound.
  • To develop, approve and share common statistical data collection tools related to Wound Patients in GCC.
  • To provide continuous professional development to those who are interested in Wound care practice.
  • Collaborate with Wound Management Association worldwide.
  • Establish GWMA journal.

Executive Working committee:

Dr. Marwan Al Zarouni (Chairman)

Dr. Safwat Al Hoseny (Vice Chairman)  (Scientific Chairman)

Dr. Jamil Al Jamali (General Secretary)

 

Terms of Reference

Gulf Wound Management Association (GWMA):

Quorum:

The Committee’s Meeting requires the minimum presence of 51% of the members to constitute a formal forum for the committee.

The Chairman shall notify the Group in writing when three consecutive meetings have not achieved quorum.

Meetings:

The members shall meet every three-month in Dubai /UAE or in a country the committee agrees upon. Every effort shall be made not to conflict these meetings with other scheduled meetings. The Committee shall assign other sub-committees and/or Taskforce Groups to perform specific tasks and report back to the committee as deemed necessary. The Secretary shall call for the meetings according to the set date and time through mail or e-mail.

Agenda:

Members are expected to send the topics that they need to discuss during the meetings with the Secretary at least One week prior to the scheduled date of the meeting.

Urgent topics can be added to the agenda after obtaining the approval of the council. The agenda will be prepared by the Chairperson and the Secretary then distributed at least Two months prior to the next scheduled meeting. During the meetings, the members are expected to discuss only the topics as per the agenda. Although every effort shall be made to restrict the discussions to the topics as per the agenda, any last minute topics can be discussed after the approval of the Chairperson.

Standing item will consist of:

  • Approval of previous minutes
  • Business arising from previous minutes
  • Other business

Official Leave, Apology, and Absence

The members shall attend all the meetings. In case they are on official leave, the appointed acting, if applicable, will attend the meetings. If the member has no acting in his/her place then the member will be considered on official leave. Members who cannot attend the meeting need to apologize in writing or verbally by contacting the Secretary of the committee. If an apology is not received prior to commencing the meeting, then the member will be considered absent.

If the member is considered absent for more than three times, then the Chairperson of the Committee shall notify the Group in writing and request the replacement of the member.

Minutes

The minutes of the Committee shall be prepared and signed by the Secretary/coordinator approved and endorsed by the Chairperson/co-chairperson. The minutes shall be distributed to the members within two weeks of the conducted meeting in soft or hard copies. The minutes of the previous meeting shall be approved, and changes discussed at the beginning of each meeting shall be reflected in the next minutes. The Secretary/coordinator shall be responsible for recording the minutes of all the meetings. All members shall ensure the confidentiality of the deliberations that take place during the meeting. The minutes shall reflect only the points that were discussed and the recommendations or decisions that were made regardless of who said what. The minutes shall be concise and not narrative. The minutes shall reflect the name/s and reason/s for any member/s that has/have reservations on the recommendations or decisions taken. The minutes shall indicate the members who were Present, Apologized or Absent.

Duties of the Chair

  • Preside over the meetings or select another to do so.
  • Mediate discussions.
  • Help develop consensus.
  • Determine issues that require clarification and take these forward.
  • Facilitate up to date, Evidence-based education to the members.

Duties of Members

  • Attend all meetings or send an alternate from their country.
  • Submit items for the agenda on behalf of the country they are representing along with appropriate background information and supporting documentation.
  • Seek the opinions of their colleagues in their country in relation to practice issues and represent these views during the meetings.
  • Communicate decisions/recommendations made by the group to health care settings in their country.
  • To liaise with the Group and the health care decision-makers in their country to ensure the implementation of policies and procedures are accomplished.
  • To be responsible and proactive in identifying Wound Management practices that require improvement.
  • To be committed to ongoing quality improvement, initiatives and participate in the process.
  • To update and extend knowledge on Wound Management.
  • To share knowledge informally and formally with colleagues empowering others.
  • To be seen as a valuable resource and role model person within the group.
  • Regularly check e-mail for notification of meetings/workshops.
  • To participate and submit formal documentation and audits as required.