13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
This presentation will examine the history and evolution of wound care, from the ancient civilisations, through the battlefields of the middle ages, the backstreet surgeon, to the laboratories of current academic institutions and role of nursing today. It will explore how some ancient wound care practices have been revived, such as the use of maggots, the role of honey and the potential of the poultice. It will conclude with looking at the future of wound care and the role that science has in furthering our understanding of the process and advancing practice.