The PCO hosted the sixth SoS meeting, Minimizing the Impact of Wound Infections Following Blast-Related Injuries in Arlington, Virginia on November 29 – December 1, 2016. During the meeting, approximately 95 military, government, industry, academic, and international subject matter experts shared their expertise on wound infection and worked to identify knowledge gaps and develop recommendations for closing the gaps.
Victims of explosions often suffer from multiple traumatic injuries; the mechanism, severity, and complexity of these injuries contribute to the risk for wound infection. Additionally, multi-drug resistance is growing worldwide, with very few new or next generation anti-infective drugs in development. As a result, effective prevention, mitigation and treatment strategies for wound infections remain a critical need for military and civilian populations. The 2016 SoS meeting provided a forum to identify what is known and unknown about wound infections following blast-related injuries, and to develop recommendations that can advance the science and deliver needed solutions to Service Members.
The agenda for the 2016 SoS meeting included a keynote presentation followed by topic speakers who framed the problem of wound infection from policy and scientific perspectives. Scientific presentations and poster sessions provided a forum for information exchange and lessons learned. Working groups, chaired by invited Expert Panel members, addressed key questions about the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of wound infection.
The comprehensive findings and recommendations from the 2016 SoS meeting are being synthesized and recorded in a proceedings report that will be distributed to key stakeholders and made publicly available on this website in the Spring of 2017.
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