Real-world solutions for pressure ulcer prevention: Optimising the role of support surfaces

In this latest webcast, Wounds International supports the themes of the Stop The Pressure Campaign, focusing on the important role of support surfaces in our global efforts to reduce pressure ulcer incidence.


Since most pressure ulcers are preventable, and resources are becoming more constrained, greater demands are being placed on practitioners to implement strategies that reduce incidence. 


Support surfaces play an essential role in prevention. However, the huge range available - as well as the lack of objective means to quantify efficacy of individual surfaces – makes selection difficult and can delay getting the right surface to the right patient at the right time.


Innovation can provide solutions to these challenges



In this webcast, Professor Keith Harding is joined by Professor Dan Bader, Professor of Bio-engineering and Tissue Health at Southampton University in the UK. Dan is one of the leading researchers in his field and is widely published on the topic.

In addition, Sian Fumarola, a tissue viability nurse, will discuss her work in a busy acute hospital in the UK, which has led to significant improvements in pressure ulcer care with practical implications for us all.

This webcast has been supported by Direct Healthcare Services

Introduction: Professor Keith Harding

Pressure ulcers are a high priority in our healthcare facilities and systems worldwide. This is in part due to the perceived number of avoidable pressure ulcers and high costs of treatment.

Professor Keith Harding, Dean of Clinical Innovation at Cardiff University and Medical Director of the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre in the UK, introduces the webcast. 

Why does tissue break down?

In this first presentation, Professor Dan Bader will look at why tissue breaks down – the impact of pressure, shear and microclimate  on skin health — and the importance of using an effective support surface

He will also look at what we should look for when considering what type of support surface to select for our patients to optimise care.


Preventing pressure ulcers in the real world

In this next presentation, Sian Fumarola will look at how this information can help us to build real-world solutions for preventing pressure ulcers where you work.

After an audit to identify gaps in pressure ulcer care, Sian has introduced a standardised approach to support surface use with the early adoption of an innovative hybrid system. This has led to some interesting outcomes for critical care and the emergency department, with overall benefits for patient care.