The Skin Integrity Research Group supports the STOP PRESSURE ULCERS initiative – this year the event is on the 18th of November. The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel(EPUAP) started this global initiative and encourages the awareness of PRESSURE ULCERS to the public, clinicians and policy makers. Please follow their website for more information, materials and how you can get involved to spread the message.https://www.epuap.org/stop-pressure-ulcers/
On 18 October 2021, Prof. Beeckman and Anika Fourie will present a workshop titled "Preventing Tissue Damage in the Patient in the Prone Position - Translating Science into Practice. This will be an interactive session where the speakers provide evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice. The program can be viewed here.
2021 Best Practice Recommendations - Prevention and Management of Peri-wound Skin Complications
Experts from the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP) formulated this guideline for the prevention and management of peri-wound complications. "The document aims to raise awareness of issues relating to the peri-wound and to enable all clinicians to consider the peri-wound appropriately when managing wounds." The document can be accessed via www.skintears.org or by clicking here.
Prone ventilation is an effective strategy to improve oxygenation for the patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
Unfortunately, placing the patient in the prone position increases the risk for pressure ulcer development and moisture-associated skin damage. The SKINT group is conducting research regarding educational strategies to help improve preventative stragies.