Associations & Organizations

Associations founded to support wound care clinicians with on-going training, resources and CME credits.

The Save A Leg, Save A Life (SALSAL) Foundation is a charity designed to: educate the public and health care professionals about evidence-based measures to prevent or delay non-traumatic amputations; advocate on behalf of amputees and populations at an increased risk for amputations; and increase communication to and among health care professionals who treat amputees or those at risk for amputation in order to facilitate early, expedited and appropriate referrals.

The mission of the Simon Foundation for Continence is to “bring the topic of incontinence out of the closet, remove the stigma surrounding it, and provide help and hope to people with incontinence, their families and the health professionals who provide their care.”

The Tissue Viability Society (TVS) is one of the world’s oldest societies dedicated to tissue viability issues. Formed in 1981 and a UK registered charity since 1996, the Society attracts members from all health care professions involved with tissue viability. The mission of the TVS is to disseminate information, promote research and increase awareness of all aspects of good clinical practice in wound prevention and management, with the goal of providing expertise in wound management.

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) is an international non-profit association serving some 2,000 physicians, scientists, associates and nurses in more than 50 countries in the fields of hyperbaric and dive medicine. The UHMS is an important source of scientific and medical information pertaining to hyperbaric medicine involving hyperbaric oxygen therapy and diving through its bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, symposia, workshops, books and other publications. It organizes an annual scientific meeting at different U.S. and international locations to permit review of the latest in research and treatment and to promote the highest standards of practice.

The World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care (WAWLC) aims to work in partnership with communities worldwide to advance sustainable prevention and care of wounds and lymphedema in settings with limited resources.

The World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) is a dynamic and constantly growing organization representing health professionals coming from more than 55 countries. The WCET’s mission is to lead the global advancement of specialized professional nursing care for people with ostomy, wound or continence needs.

The World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) aims to:

  • Improve wound care standards for patients, health care professional performance and to facilitate universal access in all health care systems.
  • Educate all health care professionals in interdisciplinary team approaches that deliver best practices for improved patient outcomes, and to disseminate the educational and training toolkits created in practical, relevant and adaptable formats to meet local needs.
  • Appraise and to organize the evidence base to facilitate best practices to optimize patient care. To accomplish this mission requires either large-scale randomized clinical trials, or multi-centered prospective database accumulation efforts.
  • Coordinate a worldwide exchange of information between wound societies and other relevant stakeholders, including international and global agencies as well as personal-level friendship exchanges.

The Wound Care Institute (WCI) is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization involved in the advancement of wound healing and diabetic foot care. Educational seminars, research studies, educational grants, a speaker’s bureau, preceptorship programs and patient literature are some of the WCI’s goals.

The Wound Healing Foundation (WHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving wound healing world-wide through funding research and education. The WHF was formed to enhance the educational and research offerings of the Wound Healing Society and to provide patients, researchers, and health professionals the opportunity to make a significant contribution in the critical area of wound healing.

The Wound Healing Society (WHS) is a non-profit organization composed of clinical and basic scientists and wound care specialists. The mission of the WHS is to improve wound healing outcomes through science, professional education, and communication. The WHS provides a forum for interaction among scientists, clinicians, and other wound care practitioners, industrial representatives, and government agencies. They are open to individuals who are interested in the field of wound healing and are presently comprised of more than 600 active members in the United States and other countries.